Animal Welfare Licence Holders

The table on this page lists the licensed animal welfare establishments within the Council's district boundary, and their star rating issued in accordance with the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals)(England) Regulations 2018. 

When calculating the star rating of a premises Officers take into account both the risk rating (based on compliance and complaint history, and management processes) of the premises, and the animal welfare standards at the premises (based on facilities, staffing, training etc). These two factors result in a star rating ranging from one to five stars. The image below shows how the star rating is worked out. Any establishment which is unable to provide three years history of compliance is automatically considered high risk, and is therefore unable to obtain the higher star ratings. For more information on the rating scheme please use the link below. 

 Welfare Standards
Scoring MatrixMinor Failings
(existing business that are failing to meet minimum standards)
Minimum Standards
(as laid down in the schedules and guidance)
Higher Standards
(as laid down in the guidance)
RiskLow Risk

1 Star

1yr licence

Min 1 unannounced visit within 12 month period

3 Star

2yr licence

Min 1 unannounced visit within 24 month period

5 Star

2yr licence

Min 1 unannounced visit within 36 month period

Higher Risk

1 Star

1yr licence

Min 1 unannounced visit within 12 month period

2 Star

1yr licence

Min 1 unannounced visit within 12 month period

4 Star

2yr licence

Min 1 unannounced visit within 24 month period

Licensed establishments