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Animal boarding

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, which have been adopted by the District Council.

Application fees up until 31 March 2019:

New Application for licence to operate an animal boarding establishment -

£147.00 plus all Vet Inspection fees (and VAT on Vet fees) and

£17.00 (plus VAT) payable to DDDC for arrangement of Vet inspection(s). 

Renewal Application for licence to operate an animal boarding establishment -

£103.00 plus all Vet fees (and VAT on Vet fees) if inspection required; and

£17.00 (plus VAT) payable to DDDC for arrangement of any Vet inspection(s). 

Vet Inspection(s)

New applications may be subject to an inspection by a vet appointed by the District Council, and in some circumstances a Vet may be required to inspect your premises before your renewal application can be determined.   In either case you will be invoiced separately for the total costs of any Vet inspection(s) plus VAT.  All inspections by a Vet will be arranged by the District Council, and an arrangement fee will be charged plus VAT.

Am I eligible?

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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:

Regulation summary

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.

Apply online

On line applications are currently unavailable, we are unable to accept payment by cheque.  Please download form and complete - this can be submitted via email and a payment made over the telephone.  Please do not post cash payment. 


Application Form [WORD 55 KB]  

Application Form [PDF 231 KB]      


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.

Consumer complaint

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.

If you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Public registers

View list of animal boarding establishments currently licensed here [PDF 34 KB]..   Premises currently licensed - January 2018.

Trade associations

The Kennel Club
Feline Advisory Bureau
Pet Care Trust
Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons


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