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Animal boarding

To run a boarding kennel or cattery, you require a licence from the local authority. The number of dogs and cats that may be accommodated will be specified on the licence with other specific conditions. A fee is applicable to the application which is, at present, set at £100.00, renewable annually.

Am I eligible?

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

  • Keeping an animal boarding establishment
  • 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 Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006.

Regulation summary

For more details please read the the Animal Boarding Establishments Act.

How will my application be evaluated?

Once your application form and fee has been received your premises will be inspected to make sure that certain conditions have been met and you must prove that:

  • Animals will be kept in suitable accommodation at all times, and the accommodation is suitable in respect of construction, size, number of animals housed, exercising facilities, temperature, lighting ventilation and cleanliness
  • Suitable food, drink and bedding materials will be provided and that the animals are exercised and visited regularly
  • All reasonable precautions will be taken to prevent and control the spread of infectious and contagious diseases, including the provision of adequate isolation facilities
  • Appropriate measures will be taken to protect the animals in case of fire or other emergency
  • A register is kept containing a description of the animal received, arrival and departure dates, name and address of the owner. The register should be available to be inspected at all times by a local authority officer or veterinary surgeon or practitioner
  • Your licence may be refused or withheld on other grounds such that the conditions are not suitable for the boarding of animals
  • Each licence is issued subject to the standard conditions imposed and The Council may also impose special conditions applicable to your premises. If you wish to find out more on these conditions please read Animal boarding licence conditions.  

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What happens next?

Once your application form has been received with the fee an inspection of the premises will be undertaken before the licence is issued.

What if my application is refused?

Please contact the Licensing Service in the first instance. An appeal against the grant can be made to the local Magistrates Court.

Consumer complaints

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first point of contact should be made with the service provider (the Council). If this has not worked and you are located in the UK then contact Consumer Direct. If you are outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.


There are no public registers for this licence.


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