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Animal boarding establishments licence

To run a boarding kennel or cattery, you need a licence from the local authority. The number of dogs and cats that may be accommodated will be specified on the licence along with other specific conditions. A local authority may authorise an officer, veterinary surgeon or practitioner to inspect licensed premises.

Eligibility Criteria

An applicant must not be disqualified from any of the following at the time of the application:

Conditions

Application Evaluation Process

Fees will be payable for applications and conditions may be attached.

The following criteria will be considered when the application is being evaluated:

Will Tacit Consent Apply?

No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact it. You can do this GOV UK Welcomes business or use the contact details below.

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Failed Application Redress

Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance.

Any applicant who is refused a licence can appeal to their local Magistrates' court or, in Scotland, to their local Sheriff.

Licence Holder Redress

Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance.

Any licence holder who wishes to appeal against a condition attached to their licence can appeal to their local Magistrates' court or, in Scotland, to their local Sheriff.

Consumer Complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Citizens Advice will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Other Redress

E.g. about noise, pollution, etc. Also should one licence holder complain about another.

Related documents

Size Name
[199kb] Animal Boarding Application Animal Boarding Application
[2Mb] Cat Boarding Guide Cat Boarding Guide
[165kb] Dangerous Wild Animals Application Dangerous Wild Animals Application
[2Mb] Dog Boarding Guide Dog Boarding Guide
[196kb] home boarding application home boarding application
[101kb] Home Boarding Conditions Home Boarding Conditions

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