Animal boarding establishments


The Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963


Premises for boarding dogs and cats (kennels and catteries), including the home boarding of dogs must have an annual licence which we issue under the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963.

We will visit your premises and check that you comply with the legislation and licence conditions before we will issue a licence.

Establishments where the boarding of animals is being carried on as a business are subject to the 1963 Act, which requires such establishments to be licensed by the local authority. For the purpose of this Act the keeping of such establishments is defined as the carrying on at any premises, including a private dwelling, of a business of providing accommodation for other people’s cats and dogs.

The licence is granted at the discretion of the local authority which may take into account the suitability of the accommodation and whether the animals are well fed, exercised and protected from disease and fire. The maximum number of animals that can be boarded will be stipulated.

Apply for an animal boarding licence

Separate application forms and conditions are available for commercial boarding establishment (kennels and catteries) and home boarding of dogs.

Applications can be made on the associated application form and you will be invoiced when your application has been processed.

Alternatively applications can be made via the following link (including online payment options)

A list of the draft conditions are available to download for information but may be varied and/or additional conditions imposed on your final licence (if approved). Details will be discussed with you as part of the application process.

Contact us

Environmental Health

Wakefield Council
Wakefield One
PO Box 700
Burton Street

0345 8 506 506