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Animal boarding licence - North Dorset

The licence is issued under the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963. The number of dogs and cats that may be accommodated will be specified on the licence along with other specific animal boarding licence conditions.

Before you start

To hold a licence you 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

Licence cost

There is a fee payable for each application of £83.00. Should officers deem a vet inspection necessary, the fees for this will be payable by the applicant.


An inspection will be carried out when the application is being considered to make sure 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
  • suitable food, drink and bedding materials will be provided and that the animals are exercised and visited regularly
  • steps are taken to prevent and control the spread of disease among the animals and that isolation facilities are in place
  • adequate protection is provided to the animals in the case of fire and other emergencies
  • a register is kept containing 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

Apply for a licence

There is a fee of £83 which can be paid during the application process.

View our online application guidance.

Applications will normally be dealt with within 28 days and if you have not heard from the Authority within that time, tacit consent will apply and you may operate as if your licence had been granted subject to the conditions attached to all licences.

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