Following a legal challenge that was made to the general licensing system in England which meant that those using these types of licences may not have been acting lawfully, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) have issued a consultation on the issuing of General Licences in Scotland.
Jeremy Balfour MSP has made a proposal for a Bill to improve animal welfare by enhancing local authority pet shop licensing powers and updating the licensing system including in relation to licence conditions, fees and inspections.
The Licensing (Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 came into force on 1st February 2008. The Scottish Government has issued a consultation regarding the sections of these Regulations which relate to the public notification process.
The Scottish Government has issued a consultation to seek views on animal sanctuaries and rehoming agencies to be required to hold a license or be registered to carry out these activities depending on the size of the undertaking. It looks to refine proposals surrounding thresholds for registration and licensing and enforcement.