Animal Boarding Establishments Licence
To operate a boarding kennels, cattery or home boarding establishment, you need a licence from Stroud District Council. The number of dogs and cats that may be accommodated will be specified on the licence along with other specific conditions.
Please note, as of 1st October 2018 the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations come into force. For more information please click here.
Stroud District Council may authorise an officer, veterinary surgeon or practitioner to inspect licensed premises.
Please note people wishing to board animals in their home must also apply for a Boarding Licence. If you are pet sitting the animal in it’s own home, a licence is not required.
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
- owning, keeping, dealing in or transporting animals under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006. In Scotland an applicant must also not be disqualified from working with, using, driving or riding animals, providing services to animals that would involve taking possession of them, taking possession of an animal to carry out any of the activities listed or taking charge of animals for any other purpose
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:
- That the animals will be kept in suitable accommodation at all times. Suitable accommodation takes into account the construction and size of the accommodation, the number of animals to be housed in it, facilities for exercising the animals, cleanliness and temperature, lighting and ventilation provisions.
- That suitable food, drink and bedding materials will be provided and that the animals are exercised and visited regularly.
- That steps are taken to prevent and control the spread of disease among the animals and that isolation facilities are in place.
- That adequate protection is provided to the animals in the case of fire and other emergencies.
- That a register is kept. The register should contain a description of all animals received, their arrival and departure date and the name and address of the owner. The register should be available to be inspected at any time by a local authority officer, veterinary surgeon or practitioner.
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 Stroud District Council within a reasonable period of time please contact us.
- Apply online to run an animal boarding establishment
- Renew your licence to run an animal boarding licence
Apply by post
- Animal Boarding Establishment Application Form
- Animal Boarding Establishment Renewal Application Form
- First application: £174 per annum
- Renewal: £135
- Plus additional necessary Veterinary or other Inspection Fees
- expires 31st December each year
- Amendments and copies of licences: £10.50