Boarding for cats or dogs (kennels, catteries, doggy day care and home boarders)

Do I need an animal boarding licence?

If you provide or arrange for the provision of accommodation for other people’s dogs or cats in the course of a business as defined in The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 by:

  1. Providing boarding for cats
  2. Providing boarding in kennels for dogs
  3. Providing home boarding for dogs or
  4. Providing day care for dogs

You will be required to obtain an animal activity licence from Salford City Council. The requirement also applies to dog and cat sitting services operating in Salford that are organised in a business manner.

Conditions

In order to obtain an animal activity licence, you need to ensure that you meet the specific licence conditions which relate to that activity. The conditions relating to animal boarding can be found in the legislation detailed above and DEFRA has produced several guidance notes for animal boarders, to assist licence holders comply. The links are detailed below and a PDF version of each document is listed at the bottom of this page:

Environmental health officers will inspect the premises to check compliance with the legislation, licence conditions and assess the welfare of the animals to ensure they have the following:

  • a suitable environment/place to live
  • a suitable diet including fresh water
  • the ability to exhibit normal behaviour
  • housed, as appropriate, either with or apart from other animals
  • protection from and treatment of pain, suffering, injury or disease 

As well as checking general health and safety requirements (in non-domestic premises).

Fees

The fees for boarding cats or dogs varies dependant on the type of premises, number of animals boarded and the activities undertaken. They are payable in two parts: 

  • Application fee - this should be submitted with your application forms (non refundable). In accordance with DEFRA guidance, to ensure that applications are processed and premises inspected before licences expire, application and fees to renew animal activity licences should be submitted at least ten weeks before the current licence expires. If applications and fees are received with less than ten weeks left on the licence, there may not be sufficient time to process the application and inspect the premises before the licence expires. Please be aware that businesses will not be permitted to trade unless a valid licence is held. If renewal applications are submitted after the expiry date there will be an interim period where trade is not permitted until a new licence has been issued. You should also be aware that failure to apply and pay for the renewal within time of the current licence, will result in having to apply as a ‘new’ business and the higher application and grant fees will apply.

Please be aware that if you are applying for more than one licensable activity eg a pet shop and boarding of dogs then the higher application fee will apply plus an additional £79 for every other activity applied for.  

If you are applying for boarding and day care at home then this is classed as home boarding and a single activity only need be applied for.

  • Grant fee - once the inspection has been carried out and the inspecting officer has determined the star rating and duration of the licence, you will be advised of the grant fee (non-refundable)

The tables below summarise the fees:

Home boarding of dogs AND day care (less than three dogs)

 

New

Renewal

Application fee

£148

£86

AND Grant fee (after inspection):

 

One year

£79

£52

Two year

£130

£103

Three year

£181

£154

Variation

£79 per hour of officer time (this will vary depending on the variation to the licence being requested)

Star re-rating request

£79 plus the grant fee

 

Home boarding of dogs AND day care (three to six dogs)

 

New

Renewal

Application fee

£199

£136

AND Grant fee (after inspection):

 

One year

£92

£77

Two year

£143

£128

Three year

£194

£179

Variation

£79 per hour of officer time (this will vary depending on the variation to the licence being requested)

Star re-rating request

£79 plus the grant fee

 

Boarding for cats OR boarding in kennels for dogs

 

 

New

Renewal

Application fee

Less than ten animals

£267

£236

10 to 29 animals

£317

£261

30 to 59 animals

£355

£286

60 animals or more

£380

£311

AND Grant fee (after inspection):

 

 

One year

Less than ten animals

£90

£77

 

10 to 29 animals

£115

£102

 

30 to 59 animals

£140

£127

 

60 animals or more

£165

£152

Two year

Less than ten animals

£141

£128

 

10 to 29 animals

£166

£153

 

30 to 59 animals

£191

£178

 

60 animals or more

£216

£203

Three year

Less than ten animals

£192

£179

 

10 to 29 animals

£243

£204

 

30 to 59 animals

£294

£229

 

60 animals or more

£345

£254

Variation

 

£79 per hour of officer time (this will vary depending on the variation to the licence being requested)

Star re-rating request

£79 plus the grant fee

 

Boarding for cats AND boarding in kennels for dogs

 

 

New

Renewal

Application fee

Less than ten animals

£355

£286

10 to 29 animals

£380

£311

30 to 59 animals

£405

£336

60 animals or more

£430

£361

AND Grant fee (after inspection):

 

 

One year

Less than ten animals

£115

£102

 

10 to 29 animals

£140

£127

 

30 to 59 animals

£165

£152

 

60 animals or more

£190

£177

Two year

Less than ten animals

£166

£153

 

10 to 29 animals

£199

£178

 

30 to 59 animals

£216

£203

 

60 animals or more

£241

£228

Three year

Less than ten animals

£217

£178

 

10 to 29 animals

£242

£203

 

30 to 59 animals

£267

£228

 

60 animals or more

£292

£243

Variation

 

£79 per hour of officer time (this will vary depending on the variation to the licence being requested)

Star re-rating request

£79 plus the grant fee

 

Providing day care for dogs (crèche)

 

New

Renewal

Application fee

£340

£236

AND Grant fee (after inspection):

 

One year

£141

£77

Two year

£192

£102

Three year

£242

£127

Variation

£79 per hour of officer time (this will vary depending on the variation to the licence being requested)

Star re-rating request

£79 plus the grant fee

All the above fees do not include any charges incurred from a vet inspection which if required will have to be paid in addition to the licensing fee. A variation fee will be charged for any required changes to the licence once it has been issued.

How to apply

Before you apply you should be fully familiar with the specific licence conditions and be confident in meeting them.

If you wish to apply for a new animal boarding activity licence or renew your current licence, you need to complete:

  1. Section 1;
  2. Main application form; AND
  3. Section 10

Please download each of these forms, complete the relevant sections and return the forms, along with the necessary supporting documentation to Environmental Health.  This can be e-mailed to environmentalhealth@salford.gov.uk. Once fees have been confirmed, a card payment can be made over the phone by telephoning 0161 925 1097, or alternatively the application forms can be posted to Environmental Health, Place Directorate, Salford Civic Centre, Chorley Road, Salford, M27 5FJ with a cheque, made payable to ‘Salford City Council’.

Will my rating be published?

Yes. Once you have been inspected and the officer has determined your star rating, this will be published on our website. The register shows your business name, business address (although if you trade from a domestic premises this is not disclosed), the type(s) of licence(s) you hold and the star rating.

This page was last updated on 2 October 2019

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