To run a boarding kennel or cattery, you need a licence from your local authority. The number of dogs and cats that may be accommodated will be specified on the licence along with other specific conditions.
The 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:
Copies of the relevant legislation can be found on the legislation.gov.uk website.
A fee of £120.00 will be payable for both a new grant and a renewal applications and conditions may be attached. If the application is rejected the enforcement element of the fee will be refunded.
To ensure that the premises meets the requirements of the Act we authorise a veterinary surgeon to inspect the premises. The fee for this is not included in the application fee and will be invoiced separately.
The following are some of the criteria that will be considered during the inspection:
It is our aim to complete the application process within 30 working days (subject to a satisfactory veterinary inspection within this period).
If your application is successful your licence will run until the end of the calendar year in which it is granted. You will then need to apply to renew it for another twelve months.
To apply for an Animal Boarding Establishment Licence please complete the appropriate form below.
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To view guidance documents please select the appropriate link below:
Tacit consent means that if we have not dealt with applications within the target period then the application can be deemed to have been granted/approved.
Please note that tacit consent does not apply in respect of this application. 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 contact us.
Any applicant who is refused a licence can appeal to their local Magistrates Court. Please contact us in the first instance.
Any licence holder who wishes to appeal against a condition attached to their licence can appeal to their local Magistrates Court.
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 of a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, visit our Consumer pages or DirectGov for advice. From outside of the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.