Animal Establishment Licensing

Animal Boarding Establishment

Any person who wishes to carry on a business of providing accommodation for other people's cats or dogs must first obtain a licence from the Council issued under the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963 (opens in new tab).

This licence is required whether the cats or dogs are accommodated in a traditional kennel environment or the increasingly popular home boarding situation.  Where pets live as family members in the boarders home.

The Council must have regard when considering an application:

  • that animals will at all times be kept in accommodation suitable as respects construction, size of quarters, number of occupants, exercising facilities, temperature, lighting, ventilation and cleanliness;
  • that animals will be adequately supplied with suitable food, drink and bedding material, adequately exercised, and (so far as necessary) visited at suitable intervals;
  • that all reasonable precautions will be taken to prevent and control the spread among animals of infectious or contagious diseases, including the provision of adequate isolation facilities;
  • that appropriate steps will be taken for the protection of the animals in case of fire or other emergency;
  • that a register be kept containing a description of any animals received into the establishment, date of arrival and departure, and the name and address of the owner, such

For more information:

If you have any welfare concerns for animals within a boarding establishment or believe a person is trading without a licence please contact us directly

Cat Boarder Conditions - Commercial Premises

Cat Home Boarding Conditions

Commercial Day Care of Dogs Conditions

Dog Boarding Conditions - Commercial Premises

Dog Home Boarding Conditions



ID: 2427, revised 23/06/2023