I want to apply for an animal boarding licence
Hastings Borough Council is contacting people who provide day care for dogs in Hastings to advise them that they need to have a licence to provide the service.
The Council has previously only required boarding kennels, catteries or home boarding premises to be licensed under the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963. However, following legal advice, it has now been identified that anyone providing daily dog care is also required to have a licence.
Examples of dog day care include looking after somebody's dog during the day or for a greater part of the day while they are awaiting dog grooming, dog obedience training or exercise via walking either at or from the service provider's property or home address. This could include a combination of dogs from different households.
The main criteria for a licence being required is the day boarding aspect of caring for another person's dog rather than simply providing walking or grooming services.
There are a number of specific requirements for running a dog day care business, which include assessing the compatibility of the dogs by the operator, the size, structure and layout of the premises and the number of staff available for supervision. The number of dogs permitted at individual premises will be based on the criteria set out in the legislation and the results of the inspection carried out by the Licensing Enforcement Officer.
We have already identified a number of unlicensed people and will be contacting them in the next few weeks. However we would ask anyone who is carrying out any of these activities and feels they may need a licence to contact our licensing service on 01424 451042.
Any premises used as a business to provide accommodation for cats/dogs requires an animal boarding establishment licence.
To apply for an animal boarding licence you will need to complete the form below:
Once you have completed the form you will need to send it to us. You can do this by scanning it and emailing it to us. Or you can post it to us at:
Hastings Borough Council
Muriel Matters House
Before your licence can be granted, we will need to inspect your premises. This inspection will be carried out by council officers and a vet. The purpose of the inspection is to outline welfare and accommodation conditions for the licence. These conditions are for the protection of the animals.
The inspection conditions will be detailed on the below forms. They are different for cat boarding establishments and dog boarding establishments:
- Cat boarding establishment conditions
- Dog boarding establishment conditions
- Cat Home Boarding Establishments conditions
- Dog Home Boarding Establishments conditions
Once approved your licence will run for up to one year. All licences will expire on the 31st December and need to be renewed.
We will normally complete the application process within 20 working days. This may take longer if the vet inspection is delayed or raises other matters to be completed.
The charge for this service can be found on our licensing fees page.
We will send you out a renewal form in early December prior to the expiry of your licence on the 31st.
You will need to complete the form and send it back to us. Once we receive it we will check it and then approve it if there are no issues.
Your premises will not be inspected at the time of renewal but an inspection will be conducted at some point over the course of the year. This inspection will be conducted by one of our officers and a vet.