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Animal Boarding Establishments Background Information

This guidance has been produced to assist people in understanding the conditions required at animal boarding establishments.

If you are in any doubt about a boarding establishment ask to see a copy of the licence,.

It is a legal requirement that all persons boarding animals within the Borough must have a licence from Dudley MBC. Should you successfully apply for a licence the licence will expire on the 31 December of the year of issue and thereafter are renewed annually.

Under the Act you will receive yearly inspections from an officer of the council who will issue the licence subject to specified conditions. The conditions required for all premises may be found below, with specific additional conditions depending on whether the establishment is for dogs or cats.

Planning permission for new applications is required prior to a licence being issued.


An initial application will necessitate a visit from a veterinary surgeon, nominated by the Council, and his fee will be paid by the Authority and reclaimed from the applicant before a licence may be issued. A visit to the premises will also be necessary from an Environmental Health Officer of this Council, and if he/she is satisfied that the premises is suitable, then a licence may be issued.

Example of Licence Conditions for Premises

No more than .... cats and .... dogs shall be boarded at any one time.

  1. Cats and dogs shall not be boarded in the same block.
  2. Accommodation provided for animals must, in all respects, be suitable as regards construction, size of quarters, exercising facilities, temperature, lighting, ventilation and cleanliness.
  3. All dogs and cats accommodated at the premises must be provided with suitable bedding material, and must be given adequate exercise.
  4. Suitable food and drink must be provided for all animals.
  5. Whilst animals are boarded at the establishment, there must always be someone resident at the premises, and all animals must be visited at suitable intervals.
  6. All reasonable precautions must be taken to prevent and control the spread among animals of infectious or contagious diseases, including the provision of adequate isolation facilities.
  7. All heating appliances must be of such construction as to constitute no risk of fire.
  8. Appropriate steps must be taken for the protection of animals in case of fire or other emergency.
  9. All bulk supplies of food must be kept in rat-proof containers.
  10. A register must be kept containing a description of any animals received into the establishment date of arrival and departure, and the name and address of the owner,
    such register to be available for inspection at all times by an officer of the local authority, veterinary surgeon or veterinary practitioner authorised under Section 2 (1) of the Animal Boarding Establishments Act,1963.
  11. The licensee shall permit any officer of the local authority, veterinary surgeon or veterinary practitioner authorised by them, to enter the premises at all times and inspect them and any animals found thereon or any thing found therein.
  12. The Licensee is not permitted to keep any animal which is listed in the schedules to the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 (as amended).
  13. The Licence does not permit the breeding of animals at the premises or the sale of animals from the premises.

You can download a Licence to Keep A Boarding Establishment for Animals Application form in PDF format and can complete the form in one of two ways:

Print out the form and complete by hand

  1. Fill in the form on screen then print out

You can download documents marked with a using Adobe Acrobat Reader, available free of charge from

We recommend that you save this file to your computer hard disk, CD or a floppy disk before completing it.
To save a copy of the file to disk right click with your mouse on the claim form link and choose the 'Save Target As' option. You cannot save the form once you have opened it in an internet browser.
After you have completed the form on screen, you will have to print and sign it.

Contact Details

  • Name Environmental Safety and Health
  • Address People Directorate, 3-5 St James's Road, Dudley, DY1 1HZ
  • Telephone 0300 555 2345