Animal warden team

The Animal Wardens do not deal with issues relating to Animal Welfare.

If you have any concerns relating to pets or animals that are being neglected, mistreated or abused, then you should contact the RSPCA (the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) on 0300 1234 999 or use the RSPCA cruelty report form.

New Animal Welfare Licensing Regulations 2018

New Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 comes into force on 1st October 2018. These regulations will replace a number of pieces of existing legislation and provide a new single licensing regime for a number of animal licensing activities.

Businesses carrying out the following activities will need to be licensed under the new regime:

  • Selling animals as pets
  • Providing or arranging for the provision of boarding for cats or dogs (including day care)
  • Hiring out horses
  • Breeding dogs
  • Keeping or training animals for exhibition

Licences held under the current system relating to pet shops, animal boarding establishments, riding establishments or dog breeding will continue to apply until the end of their current term. Licence holders will then need to make an application for a licence under the new regime and comply with the new requirements.

The new regulations set nationally applicable conditions that licence holders must comply with. A ratings system will be introduced whereby licence holders will be given a rating dependant on specified criteria. Current licence holders are advised to consider the conditions contained within the new regulations which will need to be complied with. Further detailed guidance is available from the Canine and Feline Sector Group.

Zoos and Dangerous and Wild Animals will continue to be licensed under existing legislation.

Dog fouling

Any issues relating to dog fouling should be referred to Cityclean, who can arrange for one of their street-cleaning team to visit the affected areas and remove any dog-waste.

They can be contacted by calling 01273 292929 or emailing or you can use the street cleaning form.

Cityclean also have Enforcement Officers who can fine people who do not pick up after their dog.

Report a lost dog

If you have lost your dog, please use our lost dog report form to report this to our Animal Wardens.

If the dog is found, we will contact you.

Alternatively, you can report this by phone on 01273 294266. The following information will be required: colour, breed, name, where it was lost, whether it was collared, tagged or micro-chipped.

  • If your dog goes missing after 4pm, then please contact our out-of-hours company, K9, on 07827 967 088.

Report a found dog

To report a dog that you have found, please use our found dog report form. An officer will contact you to arrange collection.

Alternatively, you can report this by phone on 01273 294266. As much information about the dog as possible will be required.

  • If you find a dog after 4pm, then please contact our out-of-hours company, K9, on 07827 967 088.

An Animal Warden or K9 officer will then contact and arrange collection of the dog.

Reclaiming your dog

The Environmental Protection Act 1990 gives the local authority the power to seize and detain any dog found straying. There is no duty to return the dog directly to its owner, it can be detained until the necessary charges have been paid to reclaim it.

The charge for us to return your dog is £93 for the first day/part-day. This increases by £26.00 per day. We are unable to return your dog until the charges have been paid by debit or credit card.

The authority has the power to dispose of the dog after seven days if it remains unclaimed, this is usually by re-homing.

Microchipping dogs

It is now a legal requirement for all dogs to be fitted with a microchip by the time they are eight weeks old.

Dog owners must also have registered their pet’s microchip details on one of the authorised databases and are required to keep their pet’s details up to date with the database.

Your dog’s microchip must be fitted by a trained professional, such as your vet. The Dogs Trust and RSPCA can also microchip dogs.

Microchipping your dog gives you the best chance of being reunited with your pet if they go missing. Every year, rescue centres take in thousands of stray dogs and many are not reunited with their owners as there is no way of tracing them.

As well as being microchipped, it is still a legal requirement for dogs to wear a collar and tag with the owner’s name and address on it when in a public place.

For more information, go to the Gov.UK website.

Dog attacks

We investigate:

  • Dogs causing fear or injury to people
  • Injury caused to dogs by other dogs in public places
  • Attacks on assistance dogs

You can report any of the issues to us by emailing or calling us on 01273 294266.

We will only take reports of dog attacks if you can provide us with contact details of the owner of the attacking dog.

Contact the police about:

  • Dogs used as weapons
  • Incidents involving guard dogs
  • Incidents involving banned breeds as listed in section 1 of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 (amended)
  • Dog attacks of a serious nature on humans.

Incidents of this nature should be reported to Sussex Police on 101.

Dog Control Orders

These Dog Control Orders must be followed by all dog owners in the city:

The following leaflets give advice on how to comply with your legal obligations

Professional Dog Walkers Scheme

This is a voluntary scheme that promotes the highest standard of practice for dog walking companies.

Sign up to this free scheme

See our list of registered dog walkers

The Professional Dog Walkers Code of Conduct


Animal licences

The following charges apply to each application:

  • Pet Shop License - £510
  • Commercial Boarding License - £510
  • Domestic Boarding License - £255
  • Dog Breeding License - £510
  • Performing Animals License - £255
  • Riding Establishment License - £510
  • Dangerous Wild Animals License - £255

You can find application forms for these in the licensing section of our website. If you are applying online then you will be required to pay before you submit your application. If you are downloading an application form and applying by post, then you can send a cheque or call us on the following number to make a card payment. 01273 294266

Once we receive your application, an Animal Warden will contact you to arrange a visit.

List of licensed premises

Animal rescue centres

If you’re thinking of getting a pet, please consider getting one form a rescue centre. There are many rescue societies across the UK who take in, assess and try to rehome unwanted animals. Local animal rescue centres include:

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