Boarding for Cats and Dogs

To run a boarding kennel or cattery, home boarding for dogs or dog day care, you need a licence from the Council.

The number of cats and dogs that may be accommodated will be specified on the licence along with statutory conditions. A local authority may authorise an officer, veterinary surgeon, or practitioner to inspect licensed premises.

Apply by post or email

Please complete an Animal Boarding Establishment licence application form and post or email it to us.

Application forms can be found at the bottom of this page. Applicants are required to complete Parts A and B.

Eligibility Criteria

Information of persons who may not apply for a licence can be found in the Animal Licensing overview.

Application Evaluation Process

Once an application has been received and payment has been made, an authorised officer will inspect the proposed premises to determine if it a suitable environment to be licensed and meets the licence conditions.

The conditions that will be attached to the licence are set out in the relevant guidance attached at the bottom of this page. Additional conditions can also be attached to the licence if deemed necessary. Please ensure that you read the guidance specific to your business prior to making an application.

What does this cost?

All of the fees for the boarding establishments are set out in the Councils Application fees. If you business is dual functioned then the fee will be a combination of all listed that are applicable.

What happens next?

We aim to issue a decision on an application within 10 weeks of receiving it. It is possible that the process may take longer, for example if further information is required from the applicant or if it proves difficult to make the arrangements for the inspection.

Applicant/Licence Holder Redress

If you are unhappy about the way that we have dealt with your application, the Council has a formal mechanism for dealing with such issues. Please see our Comments, Compliments and Complaints page.