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Introduction to Animal Licensing & Council Policy

The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 regulates:

  • Selling animals as pets
  • Providing or arranging for the provision of boarding for cats or dogs (including day care)
  • Hiring out horses
  • Breeding dogs
  • Keeping or training animals for exhibition

Adur District Council and Worthing Borough Council are the Licensing Authorities that have responsibility for the administration and enforcement of licensing the above activities.

For Southwick, Shoreham and Lancing the Licensing Authority is Adur District Council and in the borough of Worthing this is Worthing Borough Council.

The Regulations, set nationally, set out applicable conditions that licence holders must comply with and introduces a ratings system whereby licence holders are awarded a rating dependent on specified criteria.

Licensing Policies

As separate Licensing Authorities, Adur District Council & Worthing Borough Council have drawn up their own Statements of Licensing Policy.

These policy documents detail how each authority will consider and deal with licensing applications made in their area. These statements of policy are vital not only as a guide to applicants, the public, the authorities and Councillors but as the basis by which all decisions made by the authorities are defended in a court of law.

These policies are regularly reviewed. If you have queries on either Statement of Licensing Policy please contact us.

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