Animal Boarding Establishments

Licence Summary
A licence is required for premises which are used as a business providing accommodation for other peoples animals.

For the purposes of the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963, the term 'animal' applies only to dogs and cats and the term business could include a private dwelling.

Eligibility Criteria
An applicant must not be disqualified from any of the following at the time of making the application:
  • keeping an animal boarding establishment
  • keeping a pet shop under the Pet Animals Act 1951
  • keeping animals under the Protection of Animals (Amendment) Act 1954
  • owning, keeping, being involved in the keeping or being entitled to control or influence the keeping of animals, dealing in animals or transporting or being involved in the transportation of animals under the Animals Welfare Act 2006
  • owning, keeping, dealing in or transporting animals under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006. In Scotland an applicant must also not be disqualified from working with, using, driving or riding animals, providing services to animals that would involve taking possession of them, taking possession of an animal to carry out any of the activities listed or taking charge of animals for any other purpose
Regulation Summary

Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963
Model Licence Conditions and Guidance for Dog Boarding Establishments
Model Licence Conditions and Guidance for Cat Boarding Establishments

Application Evaluation Process
Before a licence can be granted, the premises will be inspected by a licensing officer or an authorised veterinary practitioner. A further inspection will be carried out every three years.

The costs for these inspections can vary and are payable by the applicant.

The following criteria will be considered when the application is being evaluated:
  • That the animals will be kept in suitable accommodation at all times. Suitable accommodation takes into account the construction and size of the accommodation, the number of animals to be housed in it, facilities for exercising the animals, cleanliness and temperature, lighting and ventilation provisions.
  • That suitable food, drink and bedding materials will be provided and that the animals are exercised and visited regularly.
  • That steps are taken to prevent and control the spread of disease among the animals and that isolation facilities are in place.
  • That adequate protection is provided to the animals in the case of fire and other emergencies.
  • That a register is kept. The register should contain a description of all animals received, their arrival and departure date and the name and address of the owner. The register should be available to be inspected at any time by a local authority officer, veterinary surgeon or practitioner.
£155.00 New Application
£155.00 Renewal Application

Will Tacit Consent Apply?
Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from us after 28 days.

Online Application
Apply to run an animal boarding establishment
Renew your licence to run an animal boarding licence
Application to change an animal boarding establishment licence

Failed Application Redress
Please contact us in the first instance using the contact details below.

Any applicant who is refused a licence can appeal to their local Magistrates' Court.

Licence Holder Redress
Please contact us in the first instance using the contact details below.

Any licence holder who wishes to appeal against a condition attached to their licence can appeal to their local Magistrates' Court.

Consumer Complaint
We would always advise that in the event of complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give you advice.

From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Trade Associations
Pet Care Trust (PCT)
Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

Licensing registers are available to view, by prior arrangement, at the Council Offices. Please click here for further information.

Contact Details

Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council
Neighbourhoods and Customer Services
Licensing & Parking
Redcar & Cleveland House
Kirkleatham Street
TS10 1RT Tel: 01642 774774


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