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Boarding animals licence

Apply or renew a boarding animals licence

The keeping and running of animal boarding establishments (catteries and kennels) is controlled by the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963.

No person may keep a boarding establishment for animals without first obtaining a licence from us.

More detailed information on requirements for obtaining a boarding animals licence can be found in the Notice to Keepers of Animal Boarding Establishments.

Licence enforcement

If you believe someone is in breach of their licence or does not have the appropriate boarding licence please contact us on 01522 873564 or email licensing@lincoln.gov.uk.

To obtain a boarding animals licence, you should:

  1. Fill in the boarding animals application form. You can also use our online form to request that we post the application form to you.
  2. Sign the form and attach the relevant fee.
  3. Return the completed form and fee to the Licensing Team, City Hall, Beaumont Fee, Lincoln, LN1 1DB

Application fee

There is an application fee which must be paid at the time an application is made. The fee is currently £113.30. This can be paid by cash, cheque or credit card.

Processing times

We aim to process all licence requests within 10 working days.

Licence renewals

Where a licence is granted, that licence and any subsequent licence will expire on the 31st December of the year to which the licence relates and must be renewed before that date if the premises are to continue as an animal boarding establishment. We will contact the Licensee one month prior to the licence expiring. 

After receiving your application, a member of staff will review it to ensure it has been completed and contains the relevant fee. If your application, for whatever reason, is deemed incomplete it will be returned to you for correction.    

Premises inspection

Before approving your application for a licence, and after your application is approved, we will send a vet to inspect your premises. This is to establish:

  1. That animals will at all times be kept in accommodation suitable as respects construction, size of quarters, number of occupants, exercising facilities, temperatures, lighting, ventilation and cleanliness 
  2. That animals will be adequately supplied with suitable food, drink and bedding material, adequately exercised, and (so far as necessary) visited at suitable intervals 
  3. That all reasonable precautions will be taken to prevent and control the spread among animals of infectious or contagious diseases, including the provision of adequate isolation facilities 
  4. That appropriate steps will be taken for the protection of the animals in case of fire or other emergency 
  5. That a register is kept containing a description of any animals received into the establishment, date of arrival and departure, and the name and address of the owner, such register to be available for inspection at all times by an officer of the local authority, veterinary surgeon or veterinary practitioner authorised under section 2(1) of the Act      

The decision

If the inspection is approved, the licence will be issued. If, however, the inspection is not approved then the licence will go before a committee who will decide whether to grant the licence or not. If you are unhappy with the decision made, you do have the right to appeal.

Licensing team

Contact the Licensing Team online >
Tel: 01522 873564
City Hall
Beaumont Fee
Lincoln
Lincolnshire
LN1 1DB
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