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Unlicensed premises


If you think someone is running an animal establishment without a licence, or if you are concerned about the welfare of animals at a licensed establishment, please contact Environmental Health on ehadmin@midkent.gov.uk or 01622 602450.

Licences can be issued for a period of either one, two or three years depending on the risk rating and level of compliance. This also corresponds with the Star Rating for the establishment.

The procedural guidance describes the risk-based system that must be used when issuing licences under the Regulations (with the exception of 'Keeping or Training Animals for Exhibition' where all licences are issued for three years).

Use of this system determines both the length of the licence and the star rating that will be awarded. Local authorities in England are expected to follow it in full.

Welfare standards/risk scoring matrix

Minor Failings
(existing business that are failing to meet minimum standards)
Minimum Standards
(as laid down in the schedule and guidance)
Higher Standards
(as laid down in the guidance)
Low Risk1 Star
1-year licence
Min 1 unannounced visit within a 12-month period.
3 Star
2-year licence
Min 1 unannounced visit within a 24-month period.
5 Star
3-year licence
Min 1 unannounced visit within a 36-month period.
Higher Risk1 Star
1-year licence
Min 1 unannounced visit within a 12-month period.
2 Star
1-year licence
Min 1 unannounced visit within a 12-month period.
4 Star
2-year licence
Min 1 unannounced visit within a 24-month period.