Shropshire Council

Animal boarding establishment licence

The keeping and running of animal boarding establishments (catteries and kennels) is controlled by the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963 (as superseded by the Animal Welfare Act 2006).

Where a licence is granted, that licence and any subsequent licence will expire on 31 December of the year to which the licence relates, and must be renewed before that date if the premises are to continue as an animal boarding establishment.


To be eligible to apply, you must not have been previously convicted under any of the following acts: The Protection of Animals Act 1911, The Protection of Animals (Scotland) Act 1912, The Protection of Animals (Cruelty to Dogs) (Scotland) Act 1934, The Protection of Animals (Amendment) Act 1954, or any offence under any of Sections 4, 5, 6 (1) and (2), 7 to 9 and 11 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

Our duties

Before being granted a licence the applicant must be able to demonstrate to our licensing inspector that:

  • the animals will, at all times, be kept in accommodation suitable in terms of construction, size of quarters, number of occupants, exercising facilities, temperatures, lighting, ventilation and cleanliness
  • animals will be adequately supplied with suitable food, drink and bedding materials, adequately exercised, and (as far as is necessary) visited at suitable intervals
  • all reasonable precautions will be taken to prevent and control the spread of infectious or contagious diseases, including the provision of adequate isolation facilities
  • appropriate measures will be taken to protect the animals in case of fire or other emergency, including the provision of suitable firefighting equipment
  • a licence may be refused or withheld on other grounds if those grounds are such that conditions were not suitable for the boarding of animals
  • each licence issued is subject to standard conditions imposed on all animal boarding establishments licensed by us
  • in addition to the standard conditions, a licence may also contain special conditions that are only applicable to your premises

We may inspect your premises before giving you a licence, and any time after your licence is granted.

Record keeping

You need to keep a register available for inspection by a vet or other council-approved officer, containing:

  • a description of all the animals you’ve kept
  • their arrival and departure dates
  • the name and address of their owners

Your right of appeal

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 which may give such directions regarding the licence or its conditions as it thinks proper.

Offences and penalties

The following offences and penalties apply to the keeping of animal boarding establishment.

  • anybody found guilty of keeping an animal boarding establishment without a licence may be subject to a fine not exceeding £500 or to three months imprisonment, or both
  • anybody found guilty of failing to comply with the conditions of their licences may be subject to a fine not exceeding £500 or to three months imprisonment, or both
  • anybody found guilty of obstructing or delaying an inspector or authorised veterinary surgeon or veterinary practitioner in the exercising of their powers of entry may be fined up to a maximum of £500

If found guilty, the defendant's licence may be cancelled and they may be disqualified from keeping an animal boarding establishment for such length of time the court thinks fit.

What is it for?

To permit the running of a boarding establishment for animals.

Who needs one?

Anyone wishing to run an animal boarding establishment.

How long will it take?

You should allow two months for your application to be processed.

How much will it cost?

There is a fee for issuing this document, which is taken when you apply.

What will I need before I apply?

  • Completed application form
  • Fee
  • Correct planning permission
  • Appropriate insurance
  • See application form for any additional requirements

Apply now

Download the form, complete it on your home computer, and email it to

Download the form

Download the form, print it out, fill it in and post your application along with the fee if applicable to:

The Licensing Team, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY2 6ND

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