Your Councillors

Licensing Committee

29 March 2018

Is the final decision on the recommendations in this report to be made at this meeting?

Yes

 

Animal Establishment Fees 2018/2019

 

Final Decision-Maker

Licensing Committee

Lead Head of Service

John Littlemore, Head of Housing and Community Services

Lead Officer/Report Author

Lorraine Neale

Classification

Non-exempt

Wards affected

All

 

 

This report makes the following recommendation:

1.    That the Licensing Committee approve the fee levels as set out in paragraph 2.6 of the report for implementation on 1 April 2018.

 

 

This report relates to the following Five Year Plan Key Objectives:

         ē†††† Securing a successful economy for Maidstone Borough

         It is proposed to set fees which enable the authority to be self-financing with respect to this service.

 

 

Timetable

Meeting

Date

Licensing Committee

 

29 March 2018



Animal Establishment Fees 2018/2019

 

 

1.         PURPOSE OF REPORT AND EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

1.1      The authority is required to review the fees set for the administration and compliance check of the Animal Establishment Licensing. This ensures the Council complies with its statutory duty and that the licensing of Animal Establishments is self-financing, in accordance with the Councilís Financial Strategy.

 

1.2      A fees model, similar to the one used to first set the Gambling Act fees in 2007 was used to determine the proposed fees for 2017 onwards.†

 

 

 

2.         INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND

 

2.1      The Animal Establishment Licensing service is required to be self-financing and the proposed increases to fees will ensure this is maintained. †

 

2.2      Where possible careful monitoring of income and expenditure has been carried out over the current financial year and the income from licence fees and associated costs, together with expenditure, has been in accordance with the objectives laid out in the budget plan and the inflation rate.†

 

2.3      A fees model, similar to the one used to first set the Gambling Act fees in 2007, was used to calculate the proposed fees and charges. The fees have been calculated by examining the time it takes to carry out the various tasks in processing the application and who in the authority is likely to carry them out. The hourly rates of staff are fed in to a spread sheet (originally produced by the national support body for local authority regulators, LACORS, to calculate the Gambling Act fees) to calculate costs for each type of activity.

 

2.4      The type of tasks involved in animal establishment licensing applications include: assistance to the applicant, checking of an application upon receipt, compliance checks and processing the application. Once processed, types of tasks include: preparation and issuing of the licence and updating the records/register. Training of Officers and Members has also been included, as well as the cost of consumables.

 

2.5      At the Licensing Committee meeting on 16 June 2016 Members set fees which removed the veterinary surgeonís fees from the Councilís fees for riding establishments. This was done following a request from a riding establishment. The establishments are now invoiced separately by the Environmental Enforcement team for the veterinary costs..

 

2.6      Proposed Animal Establishment fees from 1 April 2018 are:

 

 

Fees from 1st April 2017

Fees from 1st April 2018

Animal Boarding

Cats only

Up to 30

31 - 60

 

£180

£295

 

£185

£305

Dogs only

Up to 50

51 - 100

 

£350

£440

 

£360

£450

Cats and Dogs

Up to 50

51 Ė 90

91 Ė 125

126+

 

£290

£430

£565

£615

 

£295

£440

£580

£630

Performing Animals

£165

£170

Dangerous Wild Animals

£450

£465

Zoo

£565 (plus deposit of £2,150)

£585 (plus deposit of £2,150)

Breeding of Dogs

Up to 5 bitches

6 Ė 10

11 Ė 15

 

£290

£415

£540 for 11+ bitches

 

£295

£425

£550 for 11+ bitches

Pet Shops

Initial licence

For additional licences, charge higher fee first

£410

£85

£420

£85

Horse Riding Establishments

Up to and including 10 horses††††

11 horses and above

£315 (excl. Vetís fees)

£425 (excl. Vetís fees)

£320 (excl. Vetís fees)

£435 (excl. Vetís fees)

 

 

3.         AVAILABLE OPTIONS

 

3.1      The fees and charges need to be reviewed to ensure that they are set at appropriate levels to recover the costs associated with providing the service. Having reviewed the income and expenditure the options available are:

 

3.2      To propose no changes or reductions to the existing fees. This would mean there would be a shortfall in income against the budget set for the function.

 

3.3      To approve the fees as set at in paragraph 2.6.

 

3.4      To propose a fee regime higher than the cost of delivering the service. However, if the Council were subject to Judicial Review it would not be in a position to justify the fees that have been set.

 

 

4.         PREFERRED OPTION AND REASONS FOR RECOMMENDATIONS

 

4.1      The option set out at Paragraph 3.3 to approve the fees set out in Paragraph 2.6 to ensure that the fee income reflects the cost of providing the service.

 

 

 

5.        NEXT STEPS: COMMUNICATION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF THE DECISION

 

5.1      The fees will be charged with respect to new, existing and renewal applications from 1 April 2018 and published on our website.

 

6.        CROSS-CUTTING ISSUES AND IMPLICATIONS

 

Issue

Implications

Sign-off

(name of officer and date)

Impact on Corporate Priorities

No implications have been identified

[Head of Service or Manager]

Risk Management

No implications have been identified

[Head of Service or Manager]

Finance and other resources

It is necessary for the Council to deliver a balanced budget and cover the costs of providing this service.

[Section 151 Officer & Finance Team]

Staffing

No implications have been identified

[Head of Service]

Legal

Legal implications are set out in the body of the report.

Jayne Bolas, Solicitor

Team Leader(Contentious)

 

Equality Impact Needs Assessment

No implications have been identified

[Policy & Information Manager]

Environmental/Sustainable Development

No implications have been identified

[Head of Service or Manager]

Community Safety

No implications have been identified

[Head of Service or Manager]

Human Rights Act

No implications have been identified

[Head of Service or Manager]

Procurement

No implications have been identified

[Head of Service & Section 151 Officer]

 

7.         REPORT APPENDICES

 

None

 

 

 

8.         BACKGROUND PAPERS

 

None