The Council has enacted its business continuity plans and is redeploying staff to priority services.

Please check our Coronavirus updates page for the latest information about Council services.

Variations and requests for re-inspection for re-rating

Variations

To apply for a variation the business operator must put in writing outlining the reason for the variation.

There are two types of variation. There is an admin variation for process such as a change of name and adding of horses to the license with the appropriate vets report. This admin variation is where the officer does not need to visit to make a decision.

The other variation is where there are significant changes and increase in the numbers of animals you wish to keep. This variation is where an officer would need to visit to make the decision. Both types of variation incur a charge.

Go to 'Environmental Health Payment'

Requests for re-inspection for re-rating purposes

To ensure fairness to businesses, a procedure is in place for undertaking re-inspections at the request of a business for re-assessing star ratings. A request may be made where a business has been rated 1-4, has accepted the rating and made the necessary improvements to address the identified non compliances or meet the higher standards.

To request a re-inspection the business operator must in writing outline the case for a re-inspection, indicating the actions that have been taken to address any identified non-compliance and/or improvements made to achieve the higher standards.

If there is insufficient evidence provided that improvements have been made, we can refuse to undertake a re-visit but must explain why we are refusing the request.

A re-score can only be undertaken following a re-inspection and cannot be undertaken on documentary evidence alone. There is a fee for a re-score and businesses are advised that re-inspection for re-rating purposes may result in lower rating or no change rather than an increase in rating.


Star rating scheme

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 3 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.


Scoring
Matrix
Welfare Standards
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)
R
i
s
k
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.
A - Z of council services