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Animal Boarding

Animal boarding

The keeping and running of animal boarding establishments (catteries and kennels) is controlled by the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963.

Who needs to apply?

Any person wishing to carry on the business of providing accommodation for other people's dogs and cats, even if the premises is a private dwelling, must obtain a licence from the local authority.

Individual conditions may be attached to any licence, however standard conditions apply in all circumstances.

Application form

An animal boarding licence application form [PDF, 36Kb] can be downloaded, printed and sent to us.

All documents supporting this application must be supplied within three working days, otherwise the application may be deemed incomplete and be rejected. The application process will not commence until all information has been received.

Fees and charges

You can find the fee for this licence by viewing our  licence fee register.


We aim to deal with grant applications within 49 days and renewal applications within 28 days. Tacit consent applies. This means that you will be able to act as though your application has been granted or renewed if you have not heard from us by the end of the above application periods.

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Contact details


01724 297750

Licensing Department
PO Box 42
Church Square House
DN15 6XQ

Opening hours

Monday to Thursday:

9am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 4.30pm


9am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 4.00pm

Last updated: 01/06/2018