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Animal boarding

The Animal Boarding Establishment Act 1963 requires any person who keeps a boarding establishment for cats and/or dogs to be licensed by the Local Authority.

The aim of the licensing requirements is to achieve certain standards in the management of the accommodation and to ensure precautions against disease and fire.

The number of dogs and cats that may be accommodated will be specified on the licence along with other specific conditions.

The Council inspects all licensed premises, which may include a veterinary surgeon or practitioner. If the inspection is satisfactory the licence will be granted.



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These guidance notes provide detailed information about:


Animal boarding/breeding licence: £163.31 plus vet fee if required.

The licence fee of £163.31 is comprised of (a) an initial fee of £103.87 and (b) a successful application fee of £59.44. For ease, the full licence fee can be paid on application. In such cases, fee (b) would be refunded if your application is refused.

If you wish to pay fee (a) and fee (b) separately, please contact the Licensing Service. Fee (a) should be paid on application and fee (b) should be paid if your licence is granted.  

Please note that successful applicants will not be issued with a licence without payment of the fee in full.

Will tacit consent apply?

Yes, tacit consent will apply. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the Council by the end of the target period.