Boarding kennels and catteries

The Environmental Health team will be able to give impartial advice regarding these establishments. They carry out inspections on a regular basis.

What is an animal boarding establishment?

The carrying on at any type of premises (including a private dwelling) business of providing accommodation for other peoples dogs or cats.

Who can keep a boarding establishment?

No person may keep a boarding establishment for animals without first obtaining a licence from us. Before making an application, you should contact the Planning Office where you will receive advice on whether you need to obtain consent for any development involved.

How do I obtain a licence to board animals?

Application for a licence must be made to Havant Borough Council and a licence may be issued if the applicant is not disqualified under any of the following Acts:

  • Protection of Animals Act 1911
  • The Animal Boarding Establishment Act 1963 - from the boarding of animals
  • The Pet Animals Act 1951
  • The Protection of Animals (Amendment) Act 1954 - from having the custody of animals
  • The Animal Welfare Act 2006

There is an application fee which must be paid at the time the application is made. The current charge is £115 per year.

If you wish to apply for a licence, please contact Licensing on 02392 446660 and we'll send an application form.

All licences that are granted run from 1st January to 31st December. Renewal of that licences must be applied for before the previous licences has run out for the premises to continue as an animal boarding establishment. It is recommended that you re-apply at least 1 month prior expiry of a current licence.

Council duties

Before being granted a licence the applicant must be able to demonstrate to the Licensing Inspector that:

  • 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.
  • animals will be adequately supplied with suitable food, drink and bedding materials, adequately exercised, and (so far as is necessary) visited at suitable intervals.
  • all reasonable precautions will be taken to prevent and control the spread of infectious or contagious diseases, including the provision of adequate isolation facilities.
  • appropriate measures will be taken to protect the animals in case of fire or other emergency, including the provision of suitable fire fighting equipment.
  • 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 Inspector or by a Veterinary Surgeon or Veterinary Practitioner authorised by the council.

A licence may be refused or withheld if the conditions were not suitable for the boarding of animals.  Each licence issued is subject to standard conditions that are imposed on all animal boarding establishments licensed by the council. In addition to the standard conditions a licence may also contain special conditions that are only applicable to your premises.

Appealing, offences and penalties - your right of appeal

Any person who disagrees with the refusal to be granted a licence or by any conditions to which a licence is subject may appeal to the Magistrates Courts who may give instructions regarding the licence or its conditions.

Offences and penalties

The following offences and penalties apply to the keeping of animal boarding establishment:

  • anybody found guilty of keeping an animal boarding establishment without a licence may be subject to a fine not exceeding £500 or to three months imprisonment or both.
  • anybody found guilty of failing to comply with the conditions of their licences may be subject to a fine not exceeding £500 or to three months imprisonment or both.
  • anybody found guilty of obstructing or delaying an Inspector, or authorised Veterinary Surgeon or Veterinary Practitioner in the exercising of their powers of entry may be fined up to a maximum of £500.

If found guilty under this Act, the defendant's licence may be cancelled and they may be disqualified from keeping an animal boarding establishment for such length of time as the Court thinks fit.

Further information about boarding establishments

Copies of the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963 and other legislation mentioned in this information sheet can be purchased from The Stationery Office.

A copy of the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963 can be viewed at Customer Services in the Plaza, where you may also obtain a copy of the council's standard licensing conditions, an application form and further help or advice.