If you want to run a boarding kennel or a cattery you need to apply for a licence [pdf] 73KB and pay the Animal Licensing Fees 2017-18 [pdf] 56KB. The number of dogs and/or cats that can be boarded will be specified on the licence.
The aim of the licence is to achieve certain standards in the management of the accommodation and to ensure precautions against disease and fire. This is done by attaching relevant conditions to the licence [pdf] 70KB to ensure that animals are kept in suitable accommodation.
If you are a new applicant or are considering erecting new kennels and/or cattery accommodation or carrying out alterations to existing accommodation you are advised to contact planning to ascertain whether it is necessary to obtain planning permission.
Download further information
- More detailed information regarding catteries can be found in the CIEH model conditions for cat boarding 2013 [pdf] 1MB.
- More detailed information regarding dog boarding establishments can be found in the CIEH model licence conditions for dog boarding establishments [pdf] 942KB.