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Consultation - Animal Boarding Establishment Licences

Share your views about Boarding Establishments

Currently, local authorities are required by law to issue licences for specific animal-related establishments and activities, with the aim of maintaining good standards of animal welfare.

There is a licensing system currently in place for animal boarding establishments although it is some time since these conditions were reviewed. 

There is currently no set licence conditions for Home Boarding Dog Establishments or Dog Day Care Establishments and therefore conditions need to be set locally.

The proposed standard conditions include the following:

  • Dog boarding
  • Cat boarding
  • Dog home boarding
  • Dog day care

The standards aim to protect the welfare of animals and reduce the risks of disease spread, as well as protecting children from harm and with a view to limiting noise nuisance. 

A six week consultation will now take place to seek views on the proposed standards, the consultation will close at noon on 10th November 2017 and a report will be presented to Policy Committee following the consultation period.  If adopted, the new conditions would come into force with immediate effect.

To take part in the consultation please email your comments  with the subject title 'Animal Boarding consultation' to or write to 'Boarding Establishments Consultation, Environmental Health, Craven District Council, 1 Belle Vue Square, Broughton Road, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 1FJ before noon on 10th November 2017.

When commenting, you might find the following helpful:

  • Let us know if you approve or disprove of the conditions
  • Outline your reasoning behind any concerns and reference specific condition/s
  • Provide us with, or direct us to, additional reference material that will help us
  • Suggest conditions outlining your considerations and reasons why
  • Forward this webpage to others who may be interested

Individual consultations will be sent to those premises that have expressed an interest in becoming licensed establishments, veterinary surgeon practice within the District as well as local and national animal charities with a local interest.