What is an animal boarding establishment licence?
A boarding kennel is a place where dogs or cats can be housed temporarily and is an alternative to using a pet sitter.
The Annual Boarding Establishment Act 1963 requires any person who keeps a boarding establishment for cats or dogs to have a licence, this is in the form of an animal boarding establishment licence.
A licence is required to ensure good standards of animal welfare and that health and safety is being followed at all times, this includes steps being taken to prevent and control the spread of disease among the animals, and that suitable food, drink and bedding materials will be provided and that the dogs and cats are exercised and visited regularly.
NOTE – As part of your application for an animal boarding establishment licence, your local council may authorise a veterinary surgeon or practitioner to inspect your premises.
How to apply for an Animal boarding establishment licence
Animal boarding establishment applications must be made via your local council. You can find the contact details for your local council at the Official UK Government Website.