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Animal Boarding Establishments


Kennels, Catteries, Home Boarding for Dogs and Doggy Day Care.

The definition of an Animal Boarding Establishment is the carrying on of any business at any premises (including a private dwelling) of providing accommodation for other people's cats and dogs.

You should also note that planning permission is almost certain to be required before such a business can proceed. Further advice can be obtained from the Planning Team.

Where a business of providing accommodation for other people's cats or dogs is carried out at any premises (including a private dwelling), then a licence is required. A licence is not necessary if the provision of the accommodation is not the main activity i.e. residential dog training.

What is required for a licence?

In order to ensure animals are boarded safely, humanely, and without the risk of disease, the following basic requirements will be sought:-

  • A register to be kept of all animals boarding
  • Animals only accepted with current and appropriate vaccinations
  • Accommodation to meet the Council's approval in terms of construction, size, ventilation etc.
  • Animals to be supplied with suitable, food, drink, and exercise
  • All establishments must have satisfactory cleaning and hygiene practices to prevent disease spread
  • Emergency procedures and appropriate insurance cover must be provided

The Premises must be inspected by a Council officer and also, if required, a Veterinary Surgeon or Veterinary Practitioner.

Please download this document for further details on animal boarding establishment licensing:  Icon for pdf Animal Boarding Establishments Licence [30.8KB]

An application form can be downloaded from the bottom of this page.

Animal Boarding Establishments Policy 2015 [166.45KB] Animal boarding Application Form [109.9KB]