The keeping and running of animal boarding
establishments (Catteries and Kennels) is controlled by the Animal
Boarding Establishments Act 1963.
Any persons wishing to carry
on the business of providing accommodation for other people's dogs
and cats, even if the premises is a private dwelling, must obtain a
licence from the local authority.
Individual conditions may be attached to
any licence, however Standard
Conditions (pdf 59Kb) apply for commercial premises in
all circumstances and there are separate
home boarding conditions (106kb, pdf) that apply..
How to Apply
Applications can be made online or direct to the local
authority. The online application process is
managed via the BusinessLink website and an application and
payment can be made by using the link to the right.
Please note that any application must be sent in with the
appropriate fee payment.
The licence will be issued subject to compliance with licence
conditions and payment of the licence fee. The fee for a new
application is the same as the renewal fee. As the fees alter
annually, the current charge can be found here:
Fees and Charges 2013/2014 (pdf 107Kb) Please note the fee
for a Home Boarder has changed to £25.00 per annum with effect from
the 1st October 2012.
All cheques should be made payable to
Please note: there is no difference in the licence fee whether
you propose to run a commercial kennel or cattery or whether you
propose to use your private dwelling to board dogs.
What happens next?
Each application received (whether a new application or a
renewal) is accompanied by a visit from an authorised officer,
he/she may also bring an authorised Veterinary Surgeon to determine
the health of any animals held. This visit ascertains the
fitness and suitability of the premises to board cats and/or dogs
and the suitability of the premises to board cats and/or dogs and
the suitability of the owner, in line with the conditions placed on
If the visit indicates that the conditions are being met
satisfactorily a licence will be issued. A second inspection
tends to be carried out during the busy season(s) to ensure
continued compliance throughout the year, and usually without prior
Your application for a licence will need to consider whether
planning permission is required for the proposed licensed
activity. You should contact our Customer Information Centre
on 01553 616200 to discuss whether permission will be needed.
Your application for a licence will not be processed
until the planning issue has been decided.
Where a licence is granted, that licence and
any subsequent licence will expire 1 year after the issue of the
licence and must be renewed before that date if the premises are to
continue as an animal boarding establishment.
Failure or late application for renewal may invalidate any
public liability insurance your premises may have.
A copy of the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963 can be
viewed at our offices.