Information about animal boarding establishment licences is under running an animal boarding business.
How to apply
If you want to run a kennel or cattery you will need to apply for an animal boarding establishment licence. You can do this online.
You will need to pay a fee for your licence. Please make sure you are aware of how much this will cost.
Please be aware that the legislation is very specific in stating that all animal boarding licences must expire on the 31 December each year. This applies to the year they are issued and every following year they are renewed. This means that regardless of what time of the year your licence is first issued, it will expire on the 31 December.
You will also need to pay the vet's fee for inspecting the premises. We will ask you to pay this after the inspection has taken place.
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You'll need a credit or debit card if paying online
You'll need to attach a current certificate of insurance for the business
You'll need to send us a plan of the premises showing the layout and all structures
Any personal information which you provide will be held and used by East Devon District Council for the purpose of issuing you with a licence for animal boarding and breeding and on the basis of public task.
Who will receive or see my personal information? Your information may also be shared within East Devon District Council for the purposes of carrying out our lawful functions. Otherwise your personal information will not be disclosed to anybody outside East Devon District Council without your permission, unless there is a lawful reason to do so, for example disclosure is necessary for crime prevention or detection purposes. Your information will be held securely and will not be retained for any longer than is necessary. There are a number of rights available to you in relation to our use of your personal information, depending on the reason for processing. Further detail about our use of your personal information can be found in the relevant Privacy Notice which can be accessed here
Following your application we will arrange for a vet to inspect the premises.
The vet will send us their report and the licence will then either be granted and we'll send you your licence in the post or it may be refused or have additional conditions added to it.
If your application is likely to be refused or have additional conditions added we will contact you.
Renewing your licence
You will need to apply to renew a boarding establishment licence each year if you want to continue running the business.
What you can do if you haven't heard from us
It is in the public interest that we process your application before deciding if it can be granted. This means that you'll need to wait for our decision before you start operating. If after a month you haven't heard from us please contact us by email or telephone for an update.
What you can do if your application is unsuccessful
Please contact us to discuss why you have been refused a licence or if you think we have asked for an unreasonable condition.
If you are not happy with our decision, you can appeal to the magistrates court. A court may give directions on the issue of a licence or on any conditions imposed.
You can also apply by completing this application form and sending it to us in the post or delivering it to our offices.
You will need to send with the application:
- a cheque for the fee (made payable to East Devon District Council)
- a current certificate of insurance for the business
If you would like to come into the office and speak to us about your application then please telephone to make an appointment.