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Wednesday , November , 22 2017

Animal Licensed Premises

Officers from Regulatory Services inspect premises every year to ensure that they comply with licence conditions. Premises are also subject to additional checks to ensure standards are maintained.

The standards relate to structure, safety, security, infectious disease control, and the suitability of the licence holder. The aim is to:

  • ensure minimum standards of welfare for animals
  • prevent the spread of disease and
  • ensure the safety of the public visiting these premises.

Periodic inspections are carried out to confirm standards are maintained, and in response to complaints.

Our advice to anyone using these premises is always:

  • check they are licensed, and ask to see the current licence
  • inspect the premises prior to leaving your pet, buying an animal, or taking a riding lesson
  • ensure that riding schools have current public liability insurance 

You and your premises need to be registered with the Council.

For an application form for a Zoo Licence, please email [email protected] or Telephone: 01228 817559.

Animal Boarding Establishments

An animal boarding establishment is a business that provides accommodation for other people’s dogs or cats. An animal boarding establishment licence needs to be renewed every year.

You still need to apply for a licence even if you’re only looking after a small number of animals in your own home.

The number of dogs and cats that can be accommodated, along with any other conditions, will be specified on the licence.


The council may inspect your premises before giving you a licence, and any time after your licence is granted.

You’ll need show that the animals you look after are:

  • kept in suitable accommodation
  • provided with adequate food, drink and bedding
  • regularly exercised
  • safeguarded in an emergency
  • protected from infectious disease – this includes providing isolation facilities

See the documents below for more specific information.

Record keeping

You need to keep a register available for inspection by a vet or other council-approved officer, containing:

  • a description of all the animals you’ve kept
  • their arrival and departure dates
  • the name and address of their owners


At the time of application, you will not be given a licence if you:

  • are disqualified from keeping an animal boarding establishment
  • are disqualified from keeping a pet shop under the Pet Animals Act 1951
  • have been convicted of any other animal welfare offences.

Fines and penalties

You can be fined up to £500 or imprisoned for up to 3 months, or both, if you run an animal boarding establishment without a licence, or don’t follow the conditions of your licence.

 Your licence can be taken away if you stop or delay an inspection, and you could be banned from running an animal boarding establishment.

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