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Licence - boarding animals

Anyone who boards animals will need a licence to comply with the Animal Boarding Establishment Act 1963. You can download the licence application or fill in the online application form below. For the cost of this licence please see our fees and charges page.

Animal boarding establishments licence

To run a boarding kennel or cattery, you need a licence from the local authority. The number of dogs and cats that may be accommodated will be specified on the licence along with other specific conditions.

Licence summary

A local authority may authorise an officer, veterinary surgeon or practitioner to inspect licensed premises.

An applicant must not be disqualified from any of the following at the time of the application:

Eligibility Criteria

  • keeping an animal boarding establishment
  • keeping a pet shop under the Pet Animals Act 1951
  • keeping animals under the Protection of Animals (Amendment) Act 1954
  • owning, keeping, being involved in the keeping or being entitled to control or influence the keeping of animals, dealing in animals or transporting or being involved in the transportation of animals under the Animals Welfare Act 2006
  • owning, keeping, dealing in or transporting animals under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006. In Scotland an applicant must also not be disqualified from working with, using, driving or riding animals, providing services to animals that would involve taking possession of them, taking possession of an animal to carry out any of the activities listed or taking charge of animals for any other purpose

Regulation Summary

A summary of the regulation relating to this licence

Fees will be payable for applications and conditions may be attached.

The following criteria will be considered when the application is being evaluated:

Application Evaluation Process

  • That the animals will be kept in suitable accommodation at all times. Suitable accommodation takes into account the construction and size of the accommodation, the number of animals to be housed in it, facilities for exercising the animals, cleanliness and temperature, lighting and ventilation provisions.
  • That suitable food, drink and bedding materials will be provided and that the animals are exercised and visited regularly.
  • That steps are taken to prevent and control the spread of disease among the animals and that isolation facilities are in place.
  • That adequate protection is provided to the animals in the case of fire and other emergencies.
  • That a register is kept. The register should contain a description of all animals received, their arrival and departure date and the name and address of the owner. The register should be available to be inspected at any time by an authorised local authority officer, veterinary surgeon or practitioner.

Will Tacit Consent Apply?

No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact it. You can do this online if you applied through the UK Welcomes service or use the contact details below.                                                                 

Apply to run an animal boarding establishment

Failed Application Redress

Any applicant who is refused a licence can appeal to their local Magistrates' court or, in Scotland, to their local Sheriff.

Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance.

Licence Holder Redress

Any licence holder who wishes to appeal against a condition attached to their licence can appeal to their local Magistrates' court or, in Scotland, to their local Sheriff.

Consumer Complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Other Redress

E.g. about noise, pollution, etc. Also should one licence holder complain about another.

Trade Associations

Pet Care Trust (PCT)

Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

Feline Advisory Bureau

 

Downloadable Documents

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File nameSizeApproximate Download time
Microsoft Word formatConditions for Cat Boarding Establishments in Word format93 Kb13 secs @ 56k, 0 secs @ 2mb
Microsoft Word formatConditions for Dog Boarding Establishments in Word format82 Kb12 secs @ 56k, 0 secs @ 2mb
Microsoft Word formatForm of Application for Licence or Licence Renewal for a Pet Shop in Word format622 Kb1 min 29 secs @ 56k, 3 secs @ 2mb
Microsoft Word formatForm of Application for Licence or Licence Renewal for an Animal Boarding Establishment in Word format497 Kb1 min 11 secs @ 56k, 2 secs @ 2mb

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