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Plymouth PL1 2AA
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  • Animals
    Plymouth City Council
    PL6 5UF

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Animal boarding

A licence is required if you provide accommodation for other people's cats and dogs.

Where a licence is granted, that licence and any further licence will expire on December 31 of the year it relates to. The licence must be renewed before that date if the premises are to continue as an animal boarding establishment.

The premises will be inspected by authorised officer before a licence is granted to review its facilities and management arrangements.

The Council reserve the right to attach conditions to the licence.

Any person who is refused a licence will be supplied with the detailed reasons in writing.

Any person who is refused a licence has the right of appeal to the Magistrates Court.


Or download and complete the animal boarding licence application form [PDF, 108KB]


  • £181

Payment can be made by credit/debit card by calling 01752 304147, or by cheque made payable to Plymouth City Council.


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Things we take into consideration before a licence is granted

  • The animals will at all times be kept in accommodation suitable in respect of construction, size of quarters, number of occupants, exercising facilities, temperatures, lighting, ventilation and cleanliness
  • The animals will be adequately supplied with suitable food, drink and bedding materials, adequately exercised, and (so far as is necessary) visited at suitable intervals
  • All reasonable precautions will be taken to prevent and control the spread of infectious or contagious diseases, including the provision of adequate isolation facilities
  • Appropriate measures will be taken to protect the animals in case of fire or other emergency, including the provision of suitable fire-fighting equipment
  • A register containing a description of any animal received into the establishment, the date of arrival and departure, and the name and address of the owner will be kept, and that the register will be available for inspection at all times by a Licensing Inspector or by a Veterinary Surgeon or Veterinary Practitioner authorised by the Council
  • A licence may be refused or withheld on other grounds if those grounds are such that conditions were not suitable for the boarding of animals
  • That each licence will be subject to standard conditions imposed on all animal boarding establishments licensed by the Council
  • Each licence may also contain special conditions that are only applicable to your premises.

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 may be subject to a fine not exceeding 500 or to three months imprisonment or both
  • anybody found guilty of failing to comply with the conditions of their licences 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

Tacit Consent

This means that if we have not dealt with your application within a specified time then your application is deemed to have been granted or approved. Tacit consent will not apply in relation to any applications submitted under the Animal Boarding Establishment Act 1963, as there is an overriding public interest on the grounds of animal safety.

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We are under a duty to protect the public funds it administers so we reserve the right to use any information supplied for the prevention and detection of fraud and crime. We may also share this information for the same purpose with other organisations that handle public funds or any enforcement agencies involved in the investigation and detection of crime. We may also share information with other Council services where it is appropriate to do so.

If you do not receive a response within 14 days, please contact us to make sure we have received your application and it is being dealt with.