Animal Boarding Establishments Licence

To run a boarding kennel or cattery, you need a licence from Cheshire East Council. Conditions are attached to each licence that deal with accommodation, feeding, prevention and control of infection and disease, emergency procedures and the provision of a register detailing particulars of all animals.  Animal Boarding Establishments can include domestic premises, these are known as ‘Home Boarders’


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All Animal Boarding Establishment Licences expire on 31st December each year, regardless of when they were granted. The licensee must then apply for a new licence which will run until the next 31st December.


A fee is payable upon application.  View the details of the fees for licences.

Application Evaluation Process

The following criteria will be considered by the Council when the application is being evaluated:

  • the animals will be kept in suitable accommodation at all times. Suitable accommodation takes into account the construction and size of the accommodation, the number of animals to be housed in it, facilities for exercising the animals, cleanliness and temperature, lighting and ventilation provisions
  • suitable food, drink and bedding materials will be provided and that the animals are exercised and visited regularly
  • steps are taken to prevent and control the spread of disease among the animals and that isolation facilities are in place
  • adequate protection is provided to the animals in the case of fire and other emergencies
  • a register is kept. The register should contain a description of all animals received, their arrival and departure date and the name and address of the owner. The register should be available to be inspected at any time by a local authority officer, veterinary surgeon or practitioner

Eligibility Criteria

An applicant must not be disqualified from any of the following at the time of the application:

  • keeping an animal boarding establishment
  • keeping a pet shop under the Pet Animals Act 1951
  • keeping animals under the Protection of Animals (Amendment) Act 1954
  • owning, keeping, being involved in the keeping or being entitled to control or influence the keeping of animals, dealing
  • in animals or transporting or being involved in the transportation of animals under the Animals Welfare Act 2006
  • owning, keeping, dealing in or transporting animals under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006

Right of Appeal

Any person aggrieved by a refusal to be granted a licence or by any conditions attached to the licence may appeal to the Magistrates Courts who may give such directions regarding the licence or its conditions as it thinks proper.

Offences and Penalties

The following offences and penalties apply to the keeping of animal boarding establishment.

  • Anybody found guilty of keeping an animal boarding establishment without a licence or failing to comply with the conditions of their licence may be subject to a fine not exceeding £500 or to three months imprisonment or both
  • Anybody found guilty of obstructing or delaying an Inspector, or authorised Veterinary Surgeon or Veterinary Practitioner in the exercising of their powers of entry may be fined up to a maximum of £500

    If found guilty under this Act, the defendant's licence may be cancelled and they may be disqualified from keeping an animal boarding establishment for such length of time the Court thinks fit

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