You must get a Boarding Animals Licence from us if you wish to provide boarding accommodation – including private properties - for other people's dogs and cats.
Yes, so long as you have not been previously disqualified under these acts...
You must complete the Animal Boarding application form and send this with the correct payment to the Licensing Team. If you are paying in person at the Council House you will need to follow these guidelines when using the payment machines.
We may use the information provided for the prevention and detection of fraud. We also share this information for auditing purposes.
You may need other permissions in addition to those we require. You must obtain these before you begin your licensed activities.
Check if you need planning permission before you make a licence application by emailing email@example.com. Any change in the use of a property will require planning permission.
If you already have planning permission for the same use, you should check that your licence application does not break any condition attached to the planning permission. If your licence is granted, Planning Enforcement action will be taken against you if you do not have the right planning permission in place.
You must complete the Animal Boarding licence renewal application form and send this with the correct payment of £254.00.
We take into account the following...
Whether the dogs have access to suitable accommodation at all times, taking into account:
Whether the animals will be suitably:
Once we have received your completed application form, we will send an officer to inspect the premises.
A veterinary inspection may also be required. If this is carried out you will have to pay the relevant inspection fees.
On certain occasions a vet may recommend that a licence is not issued.
If, after consideration, we agree and decide that a licence should not be issued, you have the right of appeal to the Magistrates' Court against the decision.
You should make sure that all animals:
The information about records is contained in the conditions attached to the licence.
Records must be available for inspection by one of our officers or a veterinary surgeon.
A wide range of different organisations respond to calls from members of the public about different animal welfare problems and it can be very confusing to know who to report different problems to. This includes the police, local authorities, the RSPCA and Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency, but also includes social landlords and council teams whose primary responsibilities are not animal issues (e.g. social services).
Different bodies have different responsibilities and some have statutory powers to be able to take action. To ensure the best course of action is taken for an individual animal it is important that the right agency is contacted in the first instance.
The aim of this document is to provide an easy to understand guide of who to report different problems to so as to ensure the animal welfare issue is addressed as quickly as possible. It is hoped this document will be useful to not only members of the public but also those who deal with animal issues on a daily basis.
For further information see Who is responsible for what in Animal Welfare in our download section.