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When is a licence required?

Under the Animal Boarding Establishment Act 1963, the following businesses need a licence from the local authority and must abide by the conditions of the licence:

  • Dog boarding kennels
  • Boarding catteries
  • Dog or cat home boarding
  • Dog day care/crèche (including at a private dwelling)

Officers will visit each premise to check compliance with the legislation and licence conditions prior to issuing a licence. We may also authorise an officer, veterinary surgeon or practitioner to inspect licensed premises.

When is a licence not required?

You do not need a licence to board any other animal other than a cat or a dog, but you must meet the duty of care under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

Licence conditions

It is an offence to keep a boarding establishment for dogs or cats without first obtaining a licence from us.
The number of dogs and cats that may be accommodated will be specified on the licence. Conditions will be attached to any licence granted.

Application for a licence must be made to us and a licence may be issued if the applicant is not disqualified under any of the following Acts:

  • The Animal Boarding Establishment Act 1963
  • The Pet Animals Act 1951
  • The Protection of Animals (Amendment) Act 1954
  • The Protection of Animals (Cruelty to Dogs) (Scotland) Act 1934
  • The Animal Welfare Act 2006

Before granting a licence, we will consider whether the animals are:

  • kept in suitable accommodation;
  • provided with adequate food, drink and bedding;
  • regularly exercised;
  • safeguarded in an emergency; and
  • protected from pain, suffering, injury and disease; including providing isolation facilities.

Licences are valid from the date of issue to the 31 December the same year. The licence must be renewed before 31 December if the premises are to continue trading as an animal boarding establishment.

How much does a licence cost?

See our Environmental Health Fees and Charges.

How do I apply for a licence?

You can apply online at the GOV.UK website.

When will my application be processed?

We will acknowledge receipt of your application within 4 working.

We will determine your application within 28 days.

Will tacit consent apply?

Yes, you will be able to act as though your licence has been granted if you have not heard from us 28 days after we received your application.

How do I appeal?

Any applicant who is refused a licence can appeal to their local Magistrates but please contact us in the first instance.

Any licence holder who objects to a condition attached to a licence may appeal to the local Magistrates court.

Environmental Health and Licensing

Daneshill House

01438 242908 / 242916

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