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Animal boarding licence

Last Modified October 19, 2015

You need a licence from us if you want to keep a boarding establishment for animals.

You can apply to us providing you are not disqualified under any of the following:

  • The Animal Boarding Establishment Act 1963
  • The Pet Animals Act 1951
  • The Protection of Animals (Amendment) Act 1954
  • The Protection of Animals (Cruelty to Dogs) (Scotland) Act 1934

How much does it cost to apply?

  • £195 for commercial boarding establishments
  • £50 for domestic boarders

How long does a licence last?

All licences expire on the 31 December of the year they were issued.

All licences need to be renewed before that date if you wish to continue running an animal boarding establishment.

How can I apply?

You can apply online: 

Or contact us and we will send one to you.

What will you consider?

You will need to demonstrate to us that:

  • the animals will at all times be kept in accommodation suitable in respect of construction, size of quarters, number of occupants, exercising facilities, temperatures, lighting, ventilation and cleanliness;
  • animals will be adequately supplied with suitable food, drink and bedding materials, adequately exercised, and (so far as is necessary) visited at suitable intervals;
  • all reasonable precautions will be taken to prevent and control the spread of infectious or contagious diseases, including the provision of adequate isolation facilities;
  • appropriate measures will be taken to protect the animals in case of fire or other emergency, including the provision of suitable fire fighting equipment;
  • a register containing a description of any animal received into the establishment, the date of arrival and departure, and the name and address of the owner will be kept, and available for inspection at all times by a licensing inspector, veterinary surgeon or practitioner authorised by us.

Can you refuse a licence?

A licence may be refused, or withheld, if we do not feel the conditions are suitable.

A licence is issued subject to standard conditions imposed on all animal boarding establishments licensed by us, these are found in The Animal Boarding Establishment Act 1963 and in the model standards for Dog Boarding Establishments and Cat Boarding Establishments.  In addition, special conditions, only applicable to your premises, may also be imposed.

What if you refuse my licence?

You can appeal either against a refusal of licence, or any conditions attached to it. You need to appeal to a Magistrates Court.

Can I be fined?

A number of offences and penalties apply.

  • If you are found guilty of keeping an animal boarding establishment without a licence you may be fined up to £500, or sent to prison for three months, or both.
  • If you are found guilty of failing to comply with the conditions of your licence, you may be fined up to £500, or sent to prison for three months, or both.
  • If you are found guilty of obstructing or delaying an inspector, authorised veterinary surgeon or practitioner in exercising their powers of entry, you may be fined up to £500.
  • If found guilty your licence may be cancelled and you may be disqualified from keeping an animal boarding establishment for as long as the court thinks fit.

Further information

You can look at a copy of the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963 at our main offices . For our standard licensing conditions, an application form or further advice contact us at our offices below or email environmental.health@hertsmere.gov.uk


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