When is a licence required?
Animal boarding includes the following animal activities:
- Boarding cats
- Boarding dogs in kennels
- Home boarding dogs, and
- Providing day care for dogs [New October 2018]
Providing or arranging for the provision of accommodation for other people's dogs or cats in the course of a business and any premises where the provision of that accommodation is the purpose of the business will generally require a licence.
In scope and out of scope
An explanation of who does need a licence and who does not need a licence is included in the guidance notes for conditions, published for each of the activities.
Guidance and Conditions
Details of the conditions which licence holders need to meet are detailed in the guidance notes for conditions for each activity (see link below). General conditions apply in respect of:
- Licence display
- Use, number and type of animal
- Suitable environment
- Suitable diet
- Monitoring of behaviour and training of animals
- Animal handling and interactions
- Protection from pain, suffering, injury and disease
Specific, extra conditions apply to each boarding activity:
|Boarding Cats||Boarding dogs in kennels||Home Boarding Dogs||Providing day care for dogs|
|Monitoring of behaviour and training||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Housing with or apart from other dogs||YES||YES|
|Protection from pain, injury and suffering||YES||YES||YES||YES|
Suitability of accommodation
Please note that each of the guidance notes / sets of conditions provides details of the facilities necessary to board an animal. Refer to the guides for details of space required and which rooms can and can not be used.
Before a licence is issued an inspection will be undertaken by an experienced council animal licensing officer. This may include a visit from a vet for a new licence holder.
Where a licence holder is expected to have written plans, procedures, or documented checks, officers will wish to see these as part of the inspection.
A licence with a score of 1 star can be issued to a previously licensed business if they have 'minor failings' which are predominantly administrative or if they are in relation to standards, they do not compromise the welfare of the animals. New applicants can only be licenced if they meet or exceed the minimum standards. Businesses meeting minimum standards will be graded 2 or 3 stars. Those meeting the higher standards, as laid down in the guidance, will score 4 or 5 stars.
Please note that refunds of licence fees are not normally given. Only in exceptional circumstances, as deemed by the Licensing Manager, will a refund be considered. Any refunds given may be subject to an administration charge.
Applying for a licence
|Boarding dogs in kennels||Home Boarding Dogs||Providing day care for dogs|
|Guidance / conditions||Guidance PDF||Guidance PDF||Guidance PDF||Guidance PDF|
|Inspection checklist||Checklist PDF (915K)||Checklist PDF (876K)||Checklist PDF (918K)||Checklist PDF (820K)|
|Apply online||Not Currently Available||Not Currently Available||Not Currently Available||Not Currently Available|
Appealing against an application refusal or grading
Please contact Environmental Health on 01782 717717 in the first instance
Last updated 13 July 2021