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Animal boarding licence - Christchurch and East Dorset

Apply for a licence

You can apply for a new animal boarding licence, change or renew an existing licence on Gov.uk.

All licences expire on 31 December and are renewable on an annual basis.

Apply by post

Commercial boarding

To apply for a commercial boarding licence please complete an application form (below) and send to the appropriate council together with the fee of £70

An officer will then inspect the premises to determine whether or not it complies with the council's licence conditions for kennels or catteries.

The current conditions can be downloaded below:

If it is considered necessary for a vet to accompany the officer then any fees charged by the vet will need to be paid by the applicant.

Home Boarding

To apply for a home boarding licence, please complete an application form (below) and return to appropriate council together with the licence fee of £70

An officer will then inspect the premises to determine whether or not it complies with the council's licence conditions for home boarding.

The current conditions can be downloaded below:

If it is considered necessary for a vet to accompany the officer then any fees charged by the vet will need to be paid by the applicant.

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 us using the details below.

Refused applications

Please contact your local authority in the first instance. Any applicant who is refused a licence can appeal to their local Magistrates court.

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