Animal boarding

Licence Summary

To run a boarding kennel or cattery, you need a licence from East Dunbartonshire Council. The number of dogs and cats that may be accommodated will be specified on the licence along with other specific conditions. The local authority may authorise an officer, veterinary surgeon or practitioner to inspect licensed premises.
 
The fee for an Animal Boarding Establishment Licence is £100.
 
Before completing the Licence application you must contact the Council's Planning Department to find out if you require to obtain planning consent.  Full details of your proposal should be forwarded to:

Planning
Development and Regeneration
East Dunbartonshire Council
Southbank House
Strathkelvin Place
Kirkintilloch
G66 1XQ

Tel: 0300 1234510
E-mail

In return you will either be sent a Planning Application Form or be advised that planning consent is not required. The approved planning consent, or the notification that planning consent is not required, should be attached to your licence application.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants for a Animal Boarding Establishment Licence must not be disqualified from keeping a boarding establishment.

Regulation summary

A summary of the eligibility criteria for this licence is available from the Office of Public Sector Administration.

Application evaluation process

Local authorities must have regard to the following when considering an application for a licence to operate an animal boarding establishment:

  • that animals will be kept in suitable accommodation, for example in regards to temperature, size, lighting, ventilation and cleanliness
  • adequate food and drink will be provided to the animals and they will be visited at suitable intervals
  • that any mammalian animals will not be sold too young
  • that steps are taken to prevent disease spreading among the animals
  • that adequate fire and emergency provisions are in place

Conditions can be attached to a licence to ensure that the above are complied with.

Will tacit consent apply?

No. It is in the public interest that the Council must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please contact the Council.

Application for an Animal Boarding Establishment Licence

There are two ways of applying:

Failed application redress

Please contact the Council in the first instance. Any person who is refused a licence can appeal to the Magistrates court or, in Scotland, the sheriff covering the area the premises is located. A court or sheriff may give directions on the issue of a licence.

Licence holder redress

Please contact the Council in the first instance.

Any licence holder who objects to a condition attached to a licence may appeal to the local Magistrates court or, in Scotland, the sheriff covering the area the premises is located. A court or sheriff may give directions on the issue of a condition.

Consumer complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery).

If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Citizens Advice Bureau will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Other redress

Other sections of Environmental Health Department and the Planning Department could investigate other complaints concerning this application.

Trade association

Pet Care Trust (PCT)

Application to change an Animal Boarding Establishment Licence

If you already run a boarding kennel and now wish to run a cattery (or vice versa) you need to apply to East Dunbartonshire Council, Housing and Community Services, to change your licence. The number of dogs and cats that may be accommodated will be specified on the licence along with other specific conditions. The local authority may authorise an officer, veterinary surgeon or practitioner to inspect licensed premises.

The fee to change an Animal Boarding Establishment Licence is £100. However, before completing an application form you are advised to contact the Council's Planning Department on 0141 578 8600 or by e-mail for details of the fee for the required planning permission.

There are two ways of applying:

  • contact East Dunbartonshire Council using the details provided.
  • apply online using the appropriate link.

Application to change an Animal Boarding Establishment Licence - apply online

Application to renew an Animal Boarding Establishment Licence

If you wish to renew your animal boarding establishment licence you need to apply to East Dunbartonshire Council, Housing and Community Services. The number of dogs and cats that may be accommodated will be specified on the licence along with other specific conditions. The local authority may authorise an officer, veterinary surgeon or practitioner to re-inspect the licensed premises.

The fee to renew an animal boarding establishment licence is £100.

There are two ways of applying:

  • contact East Dunbartonshire Council using the details provided.
  • apply online using the appropriate link.

Application to renew an Animal Boarding Establishment Licence - apply online