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Below is a list of animal related licences which must be obtained from Mole Valley District Council (MVDC). For fees and charges information, see the Environmental Health Fees and Charges page.
Animal Boarding Establishments Licence
A licence may be issued if the applicant is not disqualified under any of the following Acts:
Where a licence and any subsequent licence is granted, it will expire on 31 December of that year and must be renewed before that date if the premises are to continue operating as an animal boarding establishment.
If you would like to apply for a licence (which expires annually on 31 December), please download, complete and return the Animal Boarding Establishments Licence Application Form together with the correct fee and send it to: Licensing Admin, MVDC, Pippbrook, Dorking, Surrey, RH4 1SJ or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tacit authorisation applies to these licences, so if you have not heard from MVDC within 30 working days, you can assume that your licence has been granted.
Dangerous or Wild Animals Licence
A licence may be issued providing the applicant is not disqualified or has been convicted under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976.
If you are unsure whether the animal(s) you own, or proposing to own, might require you to apply for this licence, a complete listing of such animals can be found in the 'List of Dangerous or Wild Animals' document (see 'Downloads').
If you would like to apply for a licence (which expires annually on 31 December), please download, complete and return the Exotic, Dangerous or Wild Animals Application Form, together with the correct fee and send it to: Licensing Admin, MVDC, Pippbrook, Dorking, Surrey, RH4 1SJ or email email@example.com.
You will also be required to pay the cost of inspections carried out by MVDC's authorised veterinary surgeon or veterinary practitioner.
It should be noted that the person who owns or is proposing to own the animal(s) concerned, must be the one who makes the application.
Dog Breeding Licence
A breeding establishment is any premises where a bitch or number of bitches will produce five or more litters in 12 months.
If you live in the district, applications for a licence must be made to MVDC. A licence may then be issued unless it is found that the applicant is disqualified under any of the following Acts:
If you would like to apply for a licence (which expires annually on 31 December), please download, complete and return the Dog Breeding Application Form and send it with the correct fee to: Licensing Admin, MVDC, Pippbrook, Dorking, Surrey, RH4 1SJ or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Pet Shop Licence
Any premises selling animals as domestic pets or for ornamental purposes needs a pet shop licence. The conditions of the licence relate to the standard of accommodation and welfare of the animals. Conditions are monitored by routine inspection and response for request for service, such as complaints. The sale of insects is not covered by the Act.
If you wish to run a business selling animals, please download, complete and return the 'Pet Shop Application Form' (see 'Downloads'), together with the appropriate fee, to: Licensing Admin, MVDC, Pippbrook, Dorking, Surrey, RH4 1SJ or email email@example.com.
Please note that you will need to renew your licence annually on 31 December.
Riding Establishments Licence
A riding establishment is: 'the carrying on of a business of keeping horses to let them out for hire for riding or riding instruction'. MVDC will arrange for the inspection of horses and premises by a veterinary surgeon to ensure the welfare of the animals and that the accommodation is suitable.
The licence, which is renewable annually, will be issued subject to compliance with licence conditions and payment of the licence fee.The cost of the veterinary inspection is in addition to the cost of the establishment's licence.
You will need a zoo licence if you are exhibiting wild animals to the general public on seven or more days in any 12 consecutive months. There are exemptions for circuses, pet shops and any individual premises where the Secretary of State provides the appropriate consent.
Anyone wishing to apply, transfer or renew a zoo licence should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01306 885001. The animal officer will be able to outline the procedures to be followed and provide appropriate advice. Any new zoos will also require planning approval.
Tacit consent does not apply to these licences as it is in the public interest for the authority to process your application before it can be granted.
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