To operate an animal boarding establishment (Catteries, Kennels and Home Boarding of Dogs) in Derbyshire Dales, you require a licence from the district council. The number of dogs and cats that may be accommodated will be specified on the licence and the licence will be granted subject to compliance with Model or Standard Conditions, that have been adopted by the District Council.
The application fee for a licence is currently £93:00 plus a vet's inspection arrangement fee of £15:50 plus VAT, if an inspection is considered necessary. All application fees must be paid at the time an application is made.
From 1st April 2017 the following fees will apply:
New Application for licence to operate an animal boarding establishment -
£140.00 plus all Vet's fees (and VAT on Vet's fees) and
£16.00 (plus VAT) payable to DDDC for arrangement of Vet's appointment.
Renewal Application for licence to operate an animal boarding establishment -
£98.00 plus all Vet's fees (and VAT on Vet's fees) if inspection required; and
£16.00 (plus VAT) payable to DDDC for arrangement of any Vet's appointment.
New applications may require a Vet's inspection, and in some circumstances a Vet's inspection may be needed before your renewal application can be determined. In both cases you will be invoiced separately for the total costs of the Vet'st inspection plus VAT. The inspection will be arranged by the District Council, in all cases.
Am I eligible?
An Animal Boarding Establishment licence will be issued as long as the business meets certain requirements relating to the welfare of the animals and you have not been disqualified under any of the following at the time of 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.
How will my application be evaluated?
Once your application form and fee(s) has been received your premises will be inspected by a member of the District Council's Environmental Health Team to ensure your premises comply with either the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health's Model Licence Conditions (for dogs or cats in purposed-built facilities) or the District Council's Standard Licence Conditions for the Home Boarding of Dogs.
View the CIEH Model Conditions for purpose-built dog boarding facilities here [PDF 942 KB]
View the Council's Standard Conditions for Home Boarding of Dogs here [PDF 125 KB].
View the CIEH Model Conditions for purpose-built cat boarding facilities here [PDF 1.01 MB]
Your licence may be refused or withheld on other grounds such that the conditions are not suitable for the boarding of animals. In addition to the model or standard conditions, a licence may also contain special conditions that apply specifically to your premises.
What if I don't hear back within the specified time?
It is in the public interest that we must process your application before it can be granted. For new applications and renewals, if you have not heard from us within 28 days please contact the Licensing Team.
On line applications are currently unavailable. Please download form and complete - this can be submitted via email and a payment made over the telephone.
What happens if my application is refused?
Please contact us in the first instance.
If you are refused a licence, or refused a licence renewal you may appeal to the local Magistrates' Court. A new applicant or existing licence holder in the case of a renewal, may also appeal to the Crown Court against a decision of a Magistrates' Court.
We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first point of contact should be made with the business proprietor by you - preferably in the form of a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, please contact the Council's Licensing Team for assistance.
View list of animal boarding establishments currently licensed here [PDF 34 KB]