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Boarding animals

Any person who wishes to carry out the business of providing accommodation for other peoples’ dogs and cats must first obtain a licence from us under the provisions of The Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963.

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

  • 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 transportation of animals under the Animals Welfare Act 2006

The Application Process

All applications must be submitted on the prescribed application form together with the annual fee of £200 plus veterinary fees. 

Once your application has been validated an Environmental Health Officer will contact you to arrange an inspection of the premises. On successful completion the licence will be issued. 

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Home boarding licences will be issued for 12 months from 1st April to 31st March, irrespective of the date the application is received.

If you wish to make any changes to the premises licensed or details of the licence holder change please contact us for further advice. These licences are not transferable.

It is in the public interest that the Licensing Authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the authority within ten working days of the application being submitted please email Environmental Health for a progress report.