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Dog Boarding and Catteries

If you plan on running a boarding establishment for dogs, or a cattery you must first obtain a licence under the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963.

There are various ways to apply. You can apply using our Online Application Form or print off an adobe icon application form [119kb] here. You may also apply at GOV.UK. Please note, that we are unable to process online payment - we will contact you to arrange payment.

If you are considering setting up as a home boarding establishment you can apply with a adobe icon Home Boarding Application Form [124kb].

The cost of a licence is detailed in the Fees and Charges until 31 March 2018.

Where a licence is granted, that licence and any subsequent licence will expire on the 31st December of the year to which the licence relates. To continue as an animal boarding establishment you must apply to renew animal boarding licence before that date. If you already have a licence and wish to change any details you can also apply to change an animal boarding licence.

Before being granted a licence the applicant must be able to demonstrate to the Council's Licensing Inspector:

  • that the animals will at all times be kept in accommodation suitable in respect of construction, size of quarters, number of occupants, exercising facilities, temperatures, lighting, ventilation and cleanliness.
  • that animals will be adequately supplied with suitable food, drink and bedding materials, adequately exercised, and (so far as is necessary) visited at suitable intervals.
  • that all reasonable precautions will be taken to prevent and control the spread of infectious or contagious diseases, including the provision of adequate isolation facilities.
  • that appropriate measures will be taken to protect the animals in case of fire or other emergency, including the provision of suitable fire fighting equipment.
  • that a register containing a description of any animal received into the establishment, the date of arrival and departure, and the name and address of the owner will be kept, and that the register will be available for inspection at all times by a Licensing inspector or by a Veterinary Surgeon or Veterinary Practitioner authorised by the Council.
  • that the applicant was not previously disqualified under any relevant Act.

A licence may be refused or withheld on other grounds if those grounds are such that conditions were not suitable for the boarding of animals. Each licence issued is subject to standard conditions that are imposed on all animal boarding establishments licensed by the Council. In addition to the standard conditions a licence may also contain special conditions that are only applicable to your premises.

This list of adobe icon Licensed Animal Boarding Establishment [44kb] is also available at the Council Offices. We also hold copies of the Council's standard licensing conditions, paper application forms and can offer further help or advice.

Updated: 1 Dec 2017
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