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Boarding animals licence

​​​​​​​​​​​​To run a boarding kennel or cattery, you need a licence from us. The number of ​dogs and cats that may be accommodated will be specified on the licence along with other specific conditions.

We may authorise an officer, veterinary surgeon or practitioner to inspect licensed premises.

Eligibility criteria

That the premises being proposed are capable of allowing:

  • 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 adequate steps are and will, 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.

An applicant must not be disqualified from any of the following at the time of 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 Act 2006

Apply for a licence

We must process your application before it can be granted. If you've not heard from us within a reasonable period, please contact us.

The licence fee is £144.

Apply for a domestic boarding licence (122kb​​ pdf)​​

Apply for a n​​on-d​omestic boarding licence (149kb pdf)​

If you've been refused a licence, or want to appeal against a licence condition, you can appeal to the magistrates'​ court.

Contact

0300 303 8871

Public Protection Service​​
Number One Riversid​e​
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU ​