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Apologies for absence.
It was noted that Councillor King had given her apologies because she had a DPI related to the topic of the meeting and therefore thought it was not appropriate to attend.
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There were none.
To consider the new fee structure under the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 and to seek approval from members of the Committee to delegate authority from the Licensing Committee to officers. (Report of the Executive Manager – People and Public Protection enclosed)
To ensure that the meeting was quorate, it was delayed until 17:25
Consideration was given to the report of the Executive Manager – People and Public Protection which sought the approval of the new fee structure under the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018. It also sought approval from members of the Committee to delegate authority from the Licensing Committee to officers.
The Licensing and Business support Manager introduced the report. It was stated that the related regulation came into force on the date of this meeting However, Officers highlighted the fact that SHDC was ahead of the position of many other local authorities.
The Licensing and Business support Manager stated that the new fees had been calculated on a cost recovery-basis, being put in place to recover the additional related costs with processing licenses for animal welfare establishments.
Members asked if the regulations related to Horse riding would apply to small scale, private horse owners or just commercial stables. The Assistant Licensing Officer stated that this only applied to organisations which were seeking to make a profit from their operations.
Members asked what the variations in fees of £95 would be triggered by. Officers stated that such a variation could be triggered upon changes to the license such as adding further animals to the license.
Members asked whether the 3 litter limit for dogs was based per-animal, or per-premises. Officers stated that the limit was per premises/business.
The Vice-Chair asked if the fact would be made clear that the new, increased fees were only recouping the costs to the Council that processing a license would incur. Officers stated that they hoped to do so.
Members asked if, once a license lapsed, a new license would have to be applied for with the full costs, or if there would be a reduced renewal fee. Officers stated that there would have to be a full application.
Members asked what the difference between a ‘variation’ and an ‘additional activity’ was. Officers responded that an ‘additional activity’ would be adding a new activity (i.e. dog breeding, cat boarding etc) to an existing operation. A ‘variation’ would be a change to the terms of a license.
Members asked if it would be possible to scale the costs to the size of the business. The Licensing and Business Support Manager stated that the costs were based on cost-recovery and that the costs to the Council would not vary significantly regardless of the size of the business. The Chair supported this as long as the costs could be justified.
Members stated that they felt that communications needed to be proactive in promoting the changes and justifying the costs to the public and businesses. Members agreed and the Licensing and Business Support Manager agreed that she would approach the Communications Manager.
1) That the Committee approve the proposed fees and charges structure attached at Appendix A of the report
2) That the Committee agree to delegate authority to the Officers listed ... view the full minutes text for item 9.