Animal Boarding Establishments

An animal boarding establishment licence is required from the Council for carrying on a business at premises of any nature (including a private dwelling) of providing accommodation for other people’s animals.

Animal is defined as “any cat or dog”.

There is an exemption from the requirement to obtain a licence if the accommodation provided for other people’s animals is in connection with a business of which the accommodation is not the main activity.

The Council is not permitted to issue a licence if a person is for the time being disqualified from:-

  • keeping a pet shop under the Pet Animals Act 1951
  • having custody of animals under the Protection of Animals (Amendment) Act 1954
  • keeping boarding establishments for animals under the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963
  • owning, keeping, dealing in, transporting, working with, riding or driving animals under the Animal Health Act 1981
  • providing any service relating to animals which involves taking possession of animals under the Animal health Act 1981
  • taking charge of animals for any purpose or taking possession of animals for the purpose of an activity in respect of which a disqualification is imposed under the Animal Health Act 1981
  • transporting, arranging for the transport of, dealing, owning, keeping or participating in the keeping of animals under the Animal Welfare Act 2006
  • being party to an arrangement under which gives entitlement to control or influence the way in which animals are kept under the Animal Welfare Act 2006
  • owning, keeping, dealing in, transporting, working with, using, riding or driving animals or for any purpose taking charge of animals under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006
  • providing any service relating to animals which involves taking possession of animals or taking possession of animals for the purpose of an activity in respect of which a disqualification is imposed under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006

A person can make an application for an animal boarding establishment licence by completing and submitting an application form. You can do this by downloading an application, which you will need to complete and send to the address on the form, or you can apply on line using this link:

 

Apply for a new Animal Boarding Establishment licence

 

Alternatively, call 01209 615055 to arrange an appointment to make a telephone application – an additional charge is payable for the telephone application service.

Applications are referred to the Council’s Licensing Compliance Team who will conduct an inspection of the premises to which the application relates.

The Council has a general discretion to decide whether it will issue a licence or withhold a licence on any grounds. However, in determining whether to grant a licence the Council is required to have regard to the need for securing:

  • that the animals will be at all times kept in accommodation suitable as respects construction, size of quarters, number of occupants, exercising facilities, temperature, lighting, ventilation and cleanliness
  • that animals will be adequately supplied with suitable food, drink and bedding material, adequately exercised, and (so far as necessary) visited at suitable intervals
  • that all reasonable precautions will be taken to prevent and control the spread among animals of infectious or contagious diseases, including the provision of adequate isolation facilities
  • that appropriate steps will be taken for the protection of the animals in case of fire or other emergency
  • that a register be kept containing a description of all animals received into the establishment, date of arrival and departure, and the name and address of the owner, such register to be available for inspection at all times by an authorised officer of the local authority officer, veterinary surgeon or veterinary practitioner 

We will aim to have your application determined within 6 weeks of a valid and complete application. If we have been unable to determine your application in this time a licence will not be automatically granted due to animal welfare implications.  Therefore, tacit consent does not apply. This means that other people’s animals cannot be boarded until a licence has been issued.

If it is decided that a licence will be issued then a licence fee becomes payable.  Any licence issued will be valid from the date of issue and will expire on 31 December in the same year. However, depending on your requirements, the licence can be issued to take effect on 1 January the following year which will then expire on 31 December the following year.

Please view the current licensing fees and charges to find out how much you will need to pay.

All licences have conditions imposed. The Council will normally apply the model licence conditions published by organisations such as the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH).  However, the Council does have discretion to amend these conditions or impose additional specific conditions as it considers reasonable and appropriate in individual cases.  Model standard conditions and other standard conditions can be accessed through the links provided:

Dog Boarding Conditions

Cat Boarding Conditions

Home Boarding Conditions

Doggy Day Care / Dog Creche Conditions

Any person aggrieved by the refusal to grant an animal boarding establishment licence, or by any conditions subject to which the licence is proposed to be issued, may appeal to the magistrates court.

It is recommended that an application for any further licence is made three months in advance of the date that the licence is due to expire. This is to allow time for the renewal application to be determined in advance of the current one expiring. If a renewal application is still pending when the existing licence expires then this will mean that you will not be licenced to provide accommodation for other people’s animals.

A person can make a renewal application by completing and submitting an application form.  You can do this by downloading an application, which you will need to complete and send to the address on the form, or you can apply on line using this link:

 

Apply to renew an Animal Boarding Establishment licence

 

Alternatively, call 01209 615055 to arrange an appointment to make a telephone application – an additional charge is payable for the telephone application service.

There is a comprehensive range of business regulatory support services available to help and advise businesses to be more successful and compliant.

This includes pre-application advice and licensing application assistance.