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Animal Boarding Licence

Animal Boarding Licence - £359.00 (New) From April 2017

Animal Boarding Licence Renewal - £180.00 From April 2017

Supplement for each new premises - £233.00 (This relates to host families only and may not apply to you, please telephone 01234 276948 to check). From April 2017


To download our current Animal Boarding Licence Application Form, please click on the link below.

Please click here to download Animal Boarding Guidance Notes 

Please click here to download Animal Boarding Application Form

Please click here to download Animal Boarding Conditions

Please click here for Guidance on Home Boarding Conditions


If you would like to make an on-line payment, please use the link on the left hand side of this page.


If you would like to receive an application form by post, please use the link below which will generate a request with your requirements.

Request Form


Licence Summary


To run a boarding kennel or cattery, you need a licence from the local authority. The number of dogs and cats that may be accommodated will be specified on the licence along with other specific conditions.

A local authority may authorise an officer, veterinary surgeon or practitioner to inspect licensed premises 

Eligibility Criteria


 An applicant must not be disqualified from any of the following at the time of the 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 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 Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006

Regulation Summary

  A summary of the eligibility criteria for this licence

Application Evaluation Process


Fees will be payable for applications and conditions may be attached.

The following criteria will be considered when the application is being evaluated:

  • That the animals will be kept in suitable accommodation at all times. Suitable accommodation takes into account 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.
  • That suitable food, drink and bedding materials will be provided and that the animals are exercised and visited regularly.
  • That steps are taken to prevent and control the spread of disease among the animals and that isolation facilities are in place.
  • That adequate protection is provided to the animals in the case of fire and other emergencies.
  • That a register is kept. The register should contain a description of all animals received, their arrival and departure date and the name and address of the owner. The register should be available to be inspected at any time by a local authority officer, veterinary surgeon or practitioner

Your application will need to consider whether planning permission is required for the proposed licensed activity. You should contact Planning Reception on 01234 221729 or email Your application for a licence will not be approved until the planning issue has been decided.

Will Tacit Consent Apply?


No. 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.  The target completion period for processing these applications is 60 working days.

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Apply to run an animal boarding establishment 

Tell us about a change to your existing circumstances
Renew your licence to run an animal boarding licence  

Failed Application Redress


Please contact the Local Authority in the first instance.

Any applicant who is refused a licence can appeal to their local Magistrates' court

Licence Holder Redress


Please contact the Local Authority 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

Consumer Complaint


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 a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre

Other Redress


Trade Associations


The Kennel Club 
Feline Advisory Bureau
Pet Care Trust (PCT) 
Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons