Ms Hallihan, Food and Safety Team Leader. Introduced and summarised the report, which considered changes to Animal Licensing Conditions and new fees and charges consequent upon the new legislation due to take effect from 1 October 2018. The conditions included both minimum mandatory levels and optional higher standards which would allow the issue of extended licences. Due to the late availability of government guidelines, received on the morning of the meeting, further work was considered necessary to re-evaluate the schedule of fees and charges to ensure they would be fair and would not exceed cost recovery. On that basis Ms Hallihan proposed that the recommendation be changed to delegate the decision on the final fees to the Head of Housing, Health and Environment, in consultation with the Chairman of the Licensing Committee.
There were no members of the public or other stakeholders who had registered to speak on this item.
A query was raised over the lack of any comparison with previous year’s fees but Mr Stevenson confirmed that this was not feasible where licensed activities were either new or not strictly comparable. He also reiterated the need for fees to be on a cost recovery basis only. Ms Hallihan also answered further queries from members on details of the new licensing conditions for dog day care.
A motion was proposed by Councillor Podbury in support of the officer recommendation, seconded by Councillor Huggett and the motion was carried. It was noted by the Chairman that Councillor Williams had dissented.
That the Head of Housing, Health and Environment, in consultation with the Chairman of the Licensing Committee be authorised to finalise and set the Animal Licensing fees and charges due to come into force with effect from 1 October 2018 taking account of the most recently published guidance available.