To run a boarding kennel, cattery, dog creche, day care centre or to look after other people's dogs in your own home you need a licence from the local authority. The number of cats and dogs that may be accommodated will be specified on the licence along with other specific conditions. The local authority may authorise an officer, veterinary surgeon or practitioner to inspect licensed premises.
Establishments require licensing with the local authority. This is in order to regulate animal welfare standards.
The licence is subject to conditions. There are two very useful booklets available, which contain the guidance used by Officers when inspecting kennels and/or catteries. They include information on other relevant legislation to be considered by boarding cattery/kennel owners. These booklets are available to download:
Home Boarding and Day Care Boarding conditions are available to download
We recommend that you discuss your proposals with Planning Services to determine whether a planning application is need.
No. An animal boarding establishment must not be run without a licence.
Fees will be payable for applications and conditions may be attached.
Each licence is valid for one calendar year only.
You can apply and pay for a licence online using the form below.
You can apply to the Magistrates' Court if your application is refused.
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