The keeping and running of animal boarding establishments (Catteries, Kennels and the boarding of dogs at home) is controlled by the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963. No person may keep a boarding establishment for animals without first obtaining a licence from their Local Authority.
The purpose of the licence is to ensure the health and welfare of the animals, their security, and the avoidance of nuisance to neighbours.
Anyone who looks after someone else's cat or dog other than at the owner's home needs a licence. This includes:
A licence may be issued if the applicant is not disqualified under any of the following Acts:
The licence is required for the boarding of cats and dogs only.
The licence is valid from 1 January to the 31 December.
An applicant must not be disqualified from any of the following at the time of the application:
There is an application fee which must be paid at the time an application is made. The application fees normally changes annually so for this year's fee please view the fee information.
Please download and complete the appropriate Word or PDF version of the application form first from the options below. Once done, submit your completed application form and other relevant documentation.
PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THE LEGISLATION IS CHANGING - THESE DOCUMENTS WILL BE UPDATED BY THE END OF OCTOBER. Should you require urgent advice please contact 0300 555 2345 and ask to speak to an animal welfare officer.
We aim to process your application as soon as possible. We will confirm for all electronic applications via email that we have received your application. Please contact us if you have any queries about the process us.
Fees will be payable for applications and conditions may be attached. The following criteria will be considered when the application is being evaluated:
If you already hold a licence and it is due for renewal we will write to you informing you that the licence is due to be renewed asking you to complete a licence renewal form and submit payment.
This can be done by completing the by completing Application form for Animal Boarding Establishments, which is available at the bottom of this page.
The onus is however, on the person running the business to ensure they have a current licence at all times that they are operating.
You cannot start trading until your application is processed by the Council and you have received a licence. It is in the public interest that we must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within 21 days, please contact us.
The legislation does not require a public register to be kept of Animal Boarding Establishments. However, we have published a register of all establishments who have permitted us to publish their details. If you would like to know if an Animal Boarding Establishment is licensed, please contact us.
We will investigate complaints of poor animal welfare or conditions in a commercial business within the Borough.
If you have a general concern about the welfare of an animal, and want to complain about a business in Dudley Borough, please can use the Animal Welfare Advice and Complaints form.
Alternatively you can report the matter directly to the RSPCA.
If you do not have a licence or do not comply with any of the conditions, you may be prosecuted, fined up to £5000 and/or imprisoned for up to 3 months, or both.
Any person aggrieved by a refusal to be granted a licence or by any conditions to which a licence is subject may appeal to the Magistrates Courts who may give such directions regarding the licence or its conditions as it thinks proper.
If you feel we have failed to provide you with good service or are concerned about the progress of your application, please contact us and we will endeavour to resolve any concerns you may have. We also have a formal complaints procedure.
If you run a boarding kennel or cattery you must be licensed by your local authority. Before a licence is granted your premises will be inspected to make sure that certain conditions have been met. For further information, please see the following links:
Copies of the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963 and other legislation mentioned in this information sheet can be purchased from the Office of Public Sector Information.
If you would like further advice about the standards or practices within a local business please use the Animal Welfare Advice and Complaints form.
Environmental Safety and Health, People Directorate, 3-5 St James's Road, Dudley, DY1 1HZ
Telephone 0300 555 2345
Opening Hours Monday to Friday, 8.45 am to 5.00 pm, offices closed at weekends and Bank Holidays