Find out everything you need to know to get ready for the new animal activities licensing regime that came into force in ENGLAND on 1 October 2018.

This new regime covers any commercial business selling pets as animals – so that means pet shops, wholesalers and home sellers who trade as a business.

The new inspection and licensing regime is more involved that previously and businesses will need to collate and produce more written records and procedures than before. It is likely that inspection fees will also go up as a result.

OATA has produced helpful templates and documents to assist its members who will also benefit from our Primary Authority scheme if they encounter difficulties with getting a licence.

OATA members can find these documents here in our Members’ Area. You will need your membership number and password to login in. If you need help with this then give us a ring on 01373 301353.

If you’re not an OATA member find out more about the new inspection regime here.

UPDATE: 14 November 2018

It has now been confirmed that in relation to General Condition 4.2 on staff competence the Higher Standard requiring that: “there must be a member of permanent, full-time staff with an OFQUAL regulated Level 3 qualification that is appropriate to the species kept” is now optional.
This means that you do not need an OFQUAL regulated Level 3 qualification to achieve a 4 or 5 star rating if you achieve enough of the other Higher Standards.
Don’t forget if you’re an OATA member based in England and you’re trying to get ready for your next inspection there are a number of useful documents in the members’ area of our website which will help you (see link above).
And please remember to share your experiences of the new licensing regime with us here.