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.
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 obtained by contacting us.
Before the grant of a licence the applicant must be able to demonstrate to the Council's Licensing section and the Local Authority's appointed veterinarian the following:
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.