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Animal boarding establishment licence

Information on animal boarding establishment license requirements, application form and link to apply online

Licence summary

To run a boarding kennel or cattery, you need a licence from the local authority. The number of dogs and cats that may be accommodated will be specified on the licence along with other specific conditions.

A local authority may authorise an officer, veterinary surgeon or practitioner to inspect licensed premises.

Eligibility Criteria: An applicant must not be disqualified from any of the following at the time of the application:

Regulation Summary: A summary of the regulation relating to an animal boarding establishment licence

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:

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 the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact it.

Apply online: You can do this online if you applied through the GOV.UK website or use the links on the right.

Failed Application Redress: Please contact Boston Borough Council in the first instance. Any applicant who is refused a licence can appeal to their local Magistrates' court

Licence Holder Redress: Please contact Boston Borough Council in the first instance. Any licence holder who wishes to appeal against a condition attached to their licence can appeal to their local Magistrates' court.

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

Trade Associations:

Fees

The fee is made up of Part A and Part B.  Part A is payable upon application and Part B is payable if the licence is granted and must be paid prior to the licence being issued.  If you wish to pay Part A and B together at the time of application, you may do so.  You are however under no obligation to pay Part B of the fee prior to it the licence being granted.  If you do pay both parts of the fee at the time of application, and then your licence is subsequently refused, Part B will be refunded to you.

Part A - £84.50

Part B - £37.50

Enquiries

For any licensing enquiries please contact us using the details on the left. A member of the licensing team will normally be available at the Municipal Buildings on weekdays 9am - noon and 2pm - 5pm (4.30pm on Fridays). We may be available at other times by prior appointment

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Related documents

Size Name
[128kb] Animal Boarding Application Form Application form
[459kb] Cattery Conditions and Guidance Conditions attached to a cattery licence
[470kb] Kennel Conditions and Guidance Conditions attached to a kennel licence
[149kb] Home Boarding Application Form Home Boarding Application Form

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