The Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963 requires that premises for boarding dogs and cats (kennels and catteries) must be licensed by the Local Authority.
Environmental Health Officers visit each premises to check compliance with the legislation and licence conditions. The inspection takes into account the need for both animal welfare and protection of public health and it is usual for any licence conditions to incorporate the following items. Specific conditions may be applied to particular premises:
The number of animals accommodated at the establishment at any one time shall not exceed those specified in the licence.
A copy of the licence and its conditions must be suitably displayed to the public in a prominent position in, on or about the boarding establishment.
Accommodation provided for animals must, in all respects, be suitable as regards construction, size of quarters, exercising facilities, temperature, lighting, ventilation and cleanliness.
All dogs and cats accommodated at the premises must be provided with suitable bedding material, and must be given adequate exercise.
Suitable food and drink must be provided for all animals.
Whilst animals are boarded at the establishment, there must always be someone resident at the premises, and all animals must be visited at suitable intervals.
All reasonable precautions must be taken to prevent and control the spread among animals of infectious or contagious diseases, including the provision of adequate isolation facilities. Proof must be provided that dogs have current vaccinations against Canine Distemper, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Leptospirosis and Canine Parvovirus and other relevant diseases. Cats should have current vaccinations against Infectious Feline Enteritis, feline respiratory disease and other relevant diseases.
All heating appliances must be of such construction as to constitute no risk of fire and all electrical installations and appliances must be maintained in a safe condition.
Appropriate steps must be taken for the protection of animals in case of fire or other emergency.
Exclusive facilities, hygienically constructed and maintained, must be provided for the storage and preparation of food for the animals. All bulk supplies of food must be kept in pest proof containers.
A register must be kept containing a description of any animals received into the establishments, date of arrival and departure, and the name and address of the owner, such register to be available for inspection at all times by an officer of the Local Authority, veterinary surgeon or veterinary practitioner, authorised under Section 2(1) of the Animal Boarding Establishment Act, 1963.
Facilities to inspect premises must be granted at all reasonable time to a duly authorised official of the Licensing Authority.
The licence is renewable annually at the start of each calendar year, and the current fee is £105 plus any applicable vet's fees.
How do I apply for the licence?
The conditions of the licence can also be found on the form. You should return the form, together with your remittance for the licence, made payable to Walsall Council at the address below.