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No. Item


Minutes pdf icon PDF 72 KB

To approve as correct the minutes of the meeting held on 7 June 2018

(Note: If any Member wishes to propose an amendment to the minutes they should submit this in writing to at least 24 hours before the meeting.  Where applicable, the audio recording of the meeting will be checked to ensure the accuracy of the proposed amendment.)


The minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 7 June 2018 were approved, subject to an amendment of a typographic error in item LI/6.  The word ‘three’ in the first sentence to be replaced with ‘five’ thus: ‘a statement of the Council’s Licensing Policy had to be published every five years’.  The amended minutes were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman. 


Declarations of Members' Interests

To receive any declarations of interest from Members of the Committee


Councillor Mike Morgan declared a personal interest in item 6 (Animal Welfare Regulations 2018) because he was related to the owner of a cattery in Henfield.



To receive any announcements from the Chairman of the Committee or the Chief Executive


The Chairman announced that the consultation period for the draft Licensing Policy and Gambling Policy, which had been approved for consultation by the Licensing Committee in June, had finished on 18 September 2018.   As the Council did not receive any representations these policies will be presented to full Council on 5 December 2018 with a recommendation that Council adopt these policies.


Minutes of Licensing Sub-Committee pdf icon PDF 67 KB

To receive the minutes of the Licensing Sub-Committee held on 11 June 2018


The minutes of the meeting of the Licensing Sub-Committee held on 11 June were received.


Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 pdf icon PDF 138 KB


The Head of Environmental Health & Licensing reported that a new fee structure was required to take into account the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities involving Animals) (England) Regulations that came into force on 1 October 2018.  These regulations were replacing licensing schemes relating to animals (selling animals as pets, boarding for cats or dogs, hiring horses, breeding dogs, and keeping and training animals for exhibition) which had been revoked.


In order to provide a consistent fee structure for the new inspection regime across Sussex, the East and West Sussex Licensing Liaison Group had agreed a fee calculator with each local authority.


It was noted that the legislation required that fees could not make a surplus for the Council.  Members welcomed the new legislation, which would simplify the licensing framework and help to maintain the welfare and safety of animals and the public. It also ensured a fair trading environment for businesses.




(i)    That the contents of the report be noted.


(ii)   That the Animal Welfare licensing fees as submitted be approved, to take immediate effect.




i)     The setting of fees for licences is the responsibility of the Licensing Committee.


ii)    To ensure openness and transparency in decision making.


Environmental Health and Licensing - Licence Fees for 2019/2020 pdf icon PDF 108 KB


The Head of Environmental Health & Licensing reported on the proposed fees for various licences issued by the Environmental Health & Licensing Department. The fees, if approved by the Committee, would take effect on 1 April 2019.


It was noted that licence fees for houses in multiple occupation (HMO) were included for the first time to reflect changes in the criteria for HMO licences that had been introduced by the government. 


The individual licence fees had been calculated to recover the cost of issuing the licence and enforcing the requirements of the legislation.  An increase of 2.5%, where appropriate, had been proposed to allow for inflation and increased council costs.  




That the fees for licences issued during 2019/20 be approved, as submitted, to take effect from 1 April 2019.




i)       The setting of fees for licences is the responsibility of the Licensing Committee.


ii)      To ensure openness and transparency in decision making.


Urgent Business

Items not on the agenda which the Chairman of the meeting is of the opinion should be considered as urgent because of the special circumstances


There was no urgent business.