The keeping and running of animal boarding establishments (catteries and kennels) is controlled by the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963. Any person who is carrying on the business of providing accommodation for other people’s dogs or cats, even if the premises is a private dwelling, must obtain a licence from the local authority.
Applying for a licence
To make an application you will be required to submit an application form and the fee of £200, (which includes the cost of an inspection by an authorised Veterinary Practitioner). Application forms and the standard conditions can be found under the Document Links area on this page.
What happens next?
Before the grant of a licence the applicant must be able to demonstrate to the Council's Licensing Division and the Local Authority's appointed veterinarian the following:
- That 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.
- That animals will be adequately supplied with suitable food, drink and bedding materials, adequately exercised, and (so far as is necessary) visited at suitable intervals.
- That all reasonable precautions will be taken to prevent and control the spread of infectious or contagious diseases, including the provision of adequate isolation facilities.
- That appropriate measures will be taken to protect the animals in case of fire or other emergency, to include the provision of suitable fire fighting equipment.
- That 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 Officer or by a veterinary practitioner authorised by the Council.
A licence may be refused or withheld if the required conditions are not met and the premises is not suitable for the boarding of animals.
Each licence issued by Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council is subject to standard conditions relating to each type of animal boarding establishment. In addition to the standard conditions a licence may also contain special conditions that are only applicable to a specific premises.
The licence is renewable annually. The licence will expire on 31st December each year irrespective of when it is issued.
Licences and any subsequent licences must be renewed before the date of expiry if the premises are to continue as an animal boarding establishment.