Animal Boarding Establishment Licence (Cats/Dogs)

Frequently Asked Questions for this Service

Question: What should I consider when setting up a cattery?

Answer: Converting an existing building or building from scratch - Planning Permission will be required.
It would be advisable to obtain a copy of the CIEH Model Licence Conditions and Guidance for Cat Boarding Establishments, available from www.kenneldesign.com and other websites, or from the Licensing Section on 01983 823159. The conditions will also shortly be available to download. - Related Link

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Question: I provide temporary boarding facilities for cats and dogs – do I need a licence?

Answer: If you are boarding other peoples’ animals as a business, you will require a licence under the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963. For further information, contact the Licensing Section on (01983 823159)

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Question: How can I find someone to look after my cat in my own home when I''m on holiday?

Answer: Arranging for someone to live in has the added advantage of providing security for your home and may work out cheaper than a cattery if you have several pets.For more information, contact the National Association of Registered Pet Sitters (NARP) Tel 01584 711534 (to register) 020 7413 9990 (information line) www.dogsit.com - Related Link

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Question: What are the legal requirements for running a cattery?

Answer: Your cattery must be licensed by the Council and must comply with licence conditions relating to construction and practice. Interpretation of guidelines can vary from Council to Council, so for clarification, contact the Licensing Section on 01983 823159. For 2004/05 the fee is £132.00 per year, plus any fees charged by the veterinary inspector for inspecting the premises (this inspection is compulsory)

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Question: How can I find a good cattery on the Isle of Wight?

Answer: Recommendations from friends are the ideal way to choose a cattery but if this is not possible visit the Feline Advisory Bureau website (see link) and read the information sheet ''Choosing a boarding cattery''.FAB Listed Catteries are also on the website. - Related Link

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Question: What standard do I need to conform to to run a cattery?

Answer: New catteries must at least conform to the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health Model Licence Conditions & Guidance for Cat Boarding Establishments (see link)If you are buying or taking over an existing cattery it must be brought up to the current standard. - Related Link

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Question: Will I need Planning permission if I decide to build kennels from scratch?

Answer: If you are building from scratch you will need Planning Permission. Contact the Planning Dept on 821000. You will need to consider the cost, and it is suggested that a copy of the CIEH Model Licence Conditions and Guidance for Dog Boarding Establishments, and a copy of the Council's licence conditions are obtained before going ahead. Contact Licensing on 01983 823159 for a copy of the conditions or an application form. - Related Link

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Question: Where can I get an application form for an Animal Boarding Establishment Licence?

Answer: You can apply online via the related link, or alternatively can obtain an application form from the Licensing Section on 01983 823159. - Related Link

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Question: Are there any conditions attached to an Animal Boarding Establishment licence?

Answer: Yes – conditions form part of the licence. You must comply with a set of conditions that relate to the keeping of the animals, accommodation facilities, management of the premises and disease prevention and control. A copy of the conditions is available online in the online application form, via the related link, or from the Licensing Section on 01983 823159 - Related Link

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Question: For how long is an Animal Boarding Establishment licence valid, and is there a charge?

Answer: A licence for an animal boarding establishment lasts for a year from the date of issue, and for 2006-2007, the charge is £145.00 plus any fees charged by the veterinary inspector for inspecting the premises. (This inspection is compulsory).


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