Information on Cookies

To make the best use of our website, you'll need to make sure your web browser is set to accept cookies to ensure you receive the best experience.

For further information, please read our Cookies Policy.



Animal Licensing Where are we now? 9th December 2019 Dacorum Borough Council, The Forum, Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead HP1 1DN Home Counties
Members Fee: £155.00 + VAT
Non-Members Fee: £235.00 + VAT




This event will take place in the Council Chamber of Dacorum Borough Council.
This updated Animal Licensing course is a follow-on from the previous IoL Animal Licensing Courses held in 2018 and early 2019. It includes a short refresher to the background of the change in legislation, consideration to the progress of its implementation so far and discussion of issues.
Delegates will be given ample opportunity to share and discuss their own progress and agree resolutions to common matters raised nationally to enable them to be more effective as inspecting officers. There will be more opportunity to discuss determining suitability of applicants and premises, how to deal with noncompliance and also enforcement powers and processes including suspension, variation, revocation and prosecution. Delegates are encouraged to send specific questions in advance to allow time for specific matters to be discussed. Questions should be sent to detailing which event the question is for.
On completion of the course a delegate will understand the licensable activities and how to apply the regulations and guidance, the processes surrounding an application for a licence including determining suitability of applicants, inspections, an understanding of the various licence conditions and enforcement options available.

This course is aimed at local authority officers in England who administer licence applications and carry out inspections with regards to animal licensing.

£155 + VAT for IoL Members
£235 + VAT for non-members including complimentary associate membership until end March 2020.
The Institute of Licensing acredits this course for 4 hours CPD. Course Ref: AL63457
Parking/Transport Info: (to follow)
Agenda (subject to minor change)
9.30 Registration

9.45 Introductions and course outline

10.00 Animal Licensing - A brief overview:
Current (pre October 2018) regime

Background of new legislation
Animal Welfare Regulations 2018
Links to the Animal Welfare Act 2006

10.20 The Application Process - New applications
Who can and who cannot apply for a licence?

Who is the operator?
Example application form
Determining suitability of an applicant – Fit and Proper and how is this determined
Consultation options
Supporting evidence – Qualifications and experience
Making a decision on suitability
Pre inspection considerations
The Business Test
-What does this mean and how do we establish this?

11: 20 Break

11:40 Licensable Activities and the Statutory Guidance

General and specific conditions
Inspections of premises in accordance with the guidance.
Selling animals as pets
Boarding of cats and dogs
- Cat Boarding
- Boarding dogs in Kennels
- Boarding dogs in the home
- Day care Boarding for dogs
Horse riding
Dog breeding
Exhibiting animals
Inspection issues for discussion

13:00 Lunch Break

13:30 – The risk Rating and Licence duration
Completing the risk rating
Issuing a licence according to the risk rating

14:20 – The Licence
Issuing a licence
Licence period - risk rating
Renewal applications procedure
Variation of licence & Transfer of Licence
Appeals of decision to refuse to grant or renew
Death of licence holder

15:10 Break

15:25 – Enforcement
Grounds for suspension, variation with and without consent, Notice of Revocation
Reinstatement of a Licence
Appeal of decisions to vary/revoke
Power of Entry – warrants – AWA 2006 powers
Obstruction of Officers
Post-conviction powers

15.30 Dangerous Wild Animals
Legislation – DWA 1976 (as amended)
Application and Inspection

15.50 Questions and Answers (Please submit any questions in advance of the course to

16.30 Close

You will see from the options below, that delegates can attend as a day delegate on a single day to all four days or as a residential delegate staying in the hotel on single days or multiple days. Select which apply to you to view the fees involved.

To get an idea of fees, please use the fee calculator below. Please note that this is a simulation, if you wish to actually book the course please click on the book button. Programme:*

Please read our cancellation policy before booking this event.


Animal Licensing Attachments

Register Interest

Name* Email* No. of Places* Any other details you wish to supply?

Event Trainer

Linda Cannon
Linda enjoyed a 28 year career in Local government specialising first in Environmental Health & Licensing and then heading up a bespoke Licensing team from 2003 with the commencement of the Licensing Act 2003. Later she became the Licensing Manager for a shared Licensing Service across 2 authorities administering almost all of the Local Authority Licensing regimes including Alcohol and Entertainment, Gambling, Scrap Metal, Street Trading, Animal welfare to name a few. Since 2017 Linda is now as a freelance trainer and consultant in all things related to Local authority Licensing matters. Linda also chairs the South East Region of the IoL and has supported a number of the IoL working party groups. In 2017 she made the bold step to pursue a new self-employed career a Licensing Consultant and trainer working for the ‘other’ side.


You need to log in to book an event


Newsletter Sign Up

Register Newsletter Interests

Log In

Remember Me

Successfully Logged Out