Animal boarding licence

There is a fee of £95.63 payable with each application.

If you have an animal boarding establishment (catteries and kennels) in Pendle, you must get a licence from us.

Before issuing a licence, our officers will visit the premises to make sure it is complying with the law.

Before you make your application, you should consult our Planning Office for advice on whether you need to obtain consent for any development involved.

We cannot issue a licence if the applicant is disqualified under any of the following Acts:

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

Before being granted a licence, the applicant must be able to show:

  • that the animals will at all times be kept in accommodation suitable in respect of construction, size of quarters, number of occupants, exercising facilities, temperatures, lighting, ventilation and cleanliness
  • that the animals will have an adequate supply of food, drink and bedding materials
  • that the animals will be adequately exercised, and visited at suitable intervals where necessary
  • that all reasonable precautions will be taken to prevent and control the spread of infectious or contagious diseases, including the provision of adequate isolation facilities
  • that appropriate measures will be taken to protect the animals in case of fire or other emergency, including the provision of suitable fire fighting equipment
  • that a register will be kept, containing a description of any animal received into the establishment, the date of arrival and departure, and the name and address of the owner
  • that the register will be available for inspection at all times by a Licensing inspector, Veterinary Surgeon or Veterinary Practitioner authorised by us

We can refuse or withold a licence for other reasons, if those reasons mean that conditions were not suitable for the boarding of animals.

Each licence issued is subject to standard conditions for all establishments. In addition, there may also be special conditions that only apply to your premises.

If you are refused a licence, or you do not agree with the conditions of a licence, you can appeal to the Magistrates Courts.

Offences and fines

  • If you are found guilty of keeping a boarding establishment without a licence, you could be fined up to £500 or sent to prison for three months or both
  • If you are found guilty of not complying with the conditions of a licence, you could be fined up to £500 or sent to prison for three months or both
  • If you are found guilty of obstructing or delaying an Inspector, authorised Veterinary Surgeon or Veterinary Practitioner from entering your premises, you could be fined up to £500

If you are found guilty under this Act, you could have your licence cancelled. You may be disqualified from keeping an animal boarding establishment for as long as the Court thinks fit.