The Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963 controls commercial kennels and catteries and home boarding establishments.
To run a boarding kennel or cattery, you need a licence from us.
The number of dogs and cats that may be accommodated will be specified on the licence along with other specific conditions.
The Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963 covers "premises of any nature", therefore private dwellings must also be licensed.
Please note: it is the view of both DEFRA (Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs) and the Feline Advisory Bureau that the home boarding of cats should not be encouraged. We therefore, will only consider applications for the home boarding of dogs.
When an application is received, an officer from the Animal Control Service will inspect the proposed premises.
Where a licence is granted, that licence and any subsequent licence will expire on 31st December of the year to which it relates.
You can specify on your application whether you would like the licence to come into force at the beginning of the day on which it is granted or at the beginning of the next following year.
The fee for a new application is currently £205 and is payable on application.
Continuing licences must be renewed in good time before 31st December if the premises are to continue as an animal boarding establishment.
The fee to renew a licence is £183 and will be due before 31st December each year. Your licence will automatically be renewed subject to a satisfactory inspection report and there being no issues with the premises.
Please note: there is no difference in the licence fee whether you propose to run a commercial kennel or cattery or whether you propose to use your private dwelling to board dogs.
An applicant must not be disqualified from any of the following at the time of the application:
A summary of the eligibility criteria for this licence.
Conditions will be attached if a licence is granted. See the downloadable documents at the bottom of the page – there are different conditions for commercial premises and home boarders.
The following criteria will be considered when the application is being evaluated:
Your application will not be automatically granted as it is in the public interest that your application is processed before it can be granted to ensure the health and wellbeing of animals and public policy.
If you have not heard from us within 14 days of your inspection, please contact us.
It is advisable to submit your application to us as soon as possible as your application could take up to two months to be administered.
Once your application is submitted, a copy is sent to our Animal Control and Enforcement section who will contact you to arrange to inspect your premises.
During busy times, for example at the end of the year when there are a large number of licence renewals, it is not guaranteed that an appointment will be made straight away. Therefore, the earlier your application is submitted, the more likely you are to have your licence issued for when your premises opens or when your previous licence expires.
If no problems are identified following the inspection of your premises, we will endeavor to grant your licence within 14 days.
Note: when you click the links above, you will be redirected to the governments Business Link website. You are required to create a Government Gateway account before you can proceed with your application.
If you prefer, you can contact us for an application pack, or you may print an application form and other documents from the downloadable documents at the bottom of the page and send them to us through the post or bring them to our reception.
Payment can be made by cheque (made payable to Sheffield City Council) through the post and cash and cheques are accepted if you bring it to our reception.
For details of our postal address, how to find our reception and reception opening times please contact us.
If your application is not successful and you wish to appeal, please contact us in the first instance.
Any applicant who is refused a licence can appeal to the local Magistrates' court.
Any licence holder who wishes to appeal against a condition attached to their licence can appeal to their local Magistrates' court.
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, Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.
If you have any issues about such things as noise, pollution, etc, or should one licence holder wish to complain about another, please contact us in the first instance.
Sheffield City Council is a part of the European network for delivering information relating to doing business in the European Economic Area.
For full information on the EU Services Directive and Points of Single Contact for other member states, go to the European Commission website.
List of the Model Conditions for Cat Boarding Establishments
List of the Model Conditions for Dog Boarding Establishments
A list of the new Home Boarding Licence Conditions
A list of the conditions for establishments providing the day care of dogs
Application form for a new animal boarding establishment licence
Application to renew an existing animal boarding establishment licence