Call to Review Nightmare License Rules, Pet Trade News & Events from Pet Business World UK

The current licensing system is becoming a “nightmare” for small businesses, especially breeders and owners of kennels and catteries, according to a leading figure in the pet care industry.

David Cavill, who is the coordinator of the National Registry of Pet Care Professionals, has written to Neil Parish, chair of the environment, food and rural affairs select committee, asking for a full review of the 2018 regulations.

In his letter, Cavill describes the new regulations as “a nightmare for many small businesses, many of which have closed because the financial and administrative cost of the necessary ‘improvements’ is unreasonable.” Small-scale hobby ranchers – whom he describes as “low-hanging fruit who have been targeted by local authority licensing officers” – have been particularly hard hit.

Rising costs and the administrative burden required to comply with new regulations are pushing small businesses out of business, Cavill says.

“Many LAs are also extremely picky with boarding kennels and the ‘star’ system is a total mess,” he told pbw news. “The bigger issue is the Business Test, and the ripple effects of LAs suddenly deciding that business scheduling apps are in order.”

The government must now act to review the impact of the legislation and how it is enforced, Cavill adds.

“The actual review is being carried out by a select committee, but I would like Defra to be put on notice and encouraged if possible to carry out its own assessment.”

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