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Animal boarding licence

Eligibility criteria

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Licence conditions

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If you run a business which provides accommodation for other people's cats and/or dogs you must get a licence from the local authority. The number of cats and/or dogs that can be accommodated, along with any other conditions, will be specified on the licence.

Eligibility criteria

At the time of the application, you must not be disqualified from any of the following:

  • keeping an animal boarding establishment
  • keeping a pet shop under the Pet Animals Act 1951, and
  • keeping animals under the Protection of Animals (Amendment) Act 1954.

When processing your application, we will consider the following:

  • That the animals will be kept in suitable accommodation at all times. We review 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.
  • Suitable food, drink and bedding will be provided and that the animals are exercised and visited regularly.
  • That steps are taken to prevent and control the spread of disease and that isolation facilities are in place.
  • That adequate protection is provided in case of fire and other emergencies.
  • A register is kept containing the description of all animals received, arrival and departure date, and name and address of owner.

This register should be available to be inspected at any time by a local authority officer, veterinary surgeon or practitioner.

Apply for a licence

An pdf icon application fee [210kb] must be paid when you make your pdf icon application for an animal boarding establishment [33kb].

We will confirm that we have received both your application and fee in writing and arrange to carry out an inspection of your premises.

Licences expire on 31 December and must be renewed each year before that date.

Licence conditions

There is no licensing requirement for looking after other domestic pets such as rabbits, hamsters, parrots etc.

 

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