Animal Boarding Establishment Licence

Licence summary

Any person that wishes to carry on the business of providing accommodation for other people's dogs and cats must obtain a licence under  Animal Boarding Establishment Act 1963.

A licence is required even if the premises used for boarding is a private dwelling.

Eligibility criteria

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

In determining whether to grant a licence for the keeping of a boarding establishment:

a) 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;

b) that animals will be adequately supplied with suitable food and drink and bedding material, adequately exercised, and (so far as necessary) visited at suitable intervals.

c) That reasonable precautions be taken to prevent and control the spread of infectious and contagious diseases, including the provision of isolation facilities.

d) That appropriate steps will be taken for the protection of the animals in case of fire or other emergency.

e) 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. The register must be available for inspection at all times.

Regulation summary

The  Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963 requires that premises for boarding must be licensed by the local authority.

More information about this licence can be found here

We have adopted the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health's Model Licence Conditions for Dog and  Cat Boarding Establishments and the LACORS model conditions for home boarding

Application evaluation process

A fee will be payable for applications and conditions may be attached.  If the application is rejected the enforcement element of the fee, which is £20.00, will be refunded. 

To ensure that the premises meets the requirements of the Act we authorise a veterinary surgeon to inspect the premises. The fee for this is not included in the application fee and will be invoiced separately.

A minimum of 30 days needs to be allowed from initial application to the grant of a licence.

The licence is renewable annually and runs from 1 January of each year.

Anyone who is providing accommodation for dogs and/or cats is required to have a licence under the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963 (this includes purpose built kennels and catteries as well as people's homes).

Home Boarding Conditions for Dogs

Day Care Conditions for Dogs

Public Register

The following links will show establishments that are licensed to provide accommodation for dogs, cats or both. These registers do not show all the licensed establishments in South Somerset because participation is voluntary. If an establishment you use or are thinking of using to board your animals is not shown on this list please contact me and provide the address and I will be able to tell you if it is licensed or not. All licensed establishments will have been issued with a licence and this should be on display, or made available to view by each person who boards animals at that premises.

Public Register of Home Boarding Establishments

Public Register of Boarding Establishments

Public Register of Commercial Dog Day care

 

Will tacit consent apply?

No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted.

How to apply

You can apply by completing:

Boarding (kennels and catteries) application (first application)

Boarding (kennels and catteries) application (renewal)

Home Boarding application (first application)

Home Boarding application (renewal)

We will contact you shortly before the renewal of the licence is due.

Failed application redress

In the first instance please contact:

The Licensing Manager
Licensing Service
South Somerset District Council
The Council Offices
Brympton Way
Yeovil
Somerset
BA20 2HT

Telephone: 01935 462462

Contact the Licensing team online.

Any applicant who is refused a licence can appeal to the local Magistrates' court. The appeal must be bought within 6 month's of receiving written notice of the authority's decision.

The Magistrates Court
Petters Way
Yeovil
Somerset
BA20 1SW

Telephone: 01935 426281

Licence holder redress

In the first instance please contact:

The Licensing Manager
Licensing Service
South Somerset District Council
The Council Offices
Brympton Way
Yeovil
Somerset
BA20 2HT

Telephone: 01935 462462

Contact the Licensing team online.

Any licence holder who wishes to appeal against a condition attached to their licence can appeal to the local Magistrates' court. The appeal must be bought within 6 months of receiving written notification of the authority's decision.

The Magistrates Court
Petters Way
Yeovil
Somerset
BA20 1SW

Telephone: 01935 426281

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, Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Other redress

None. 

Trade associations

Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
Feline Advisory Bureau

Public Register

View list of Public Registers 

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