CIEH Model Licence Conditions and Guidance for Cat Boarding Establishments 2013

Published: November 2013 - Updated June 2016

ISBN: 978-1-906989-74-3

Topic(s): Animal Welfare

Type(s): Guidance


Under the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963, anyone wanting to board animals commercially must obtain a licence from their local council. The Act requires councils to ensure that the business in question observes certain conditions regarding the suitability of the accommodation provided and the welfare of the animals boarded.

To assist councils in doing this the CIEH convened a working party of animal welfare and industry experts in the early 1990s to draw up some model licence conditions and guidance. Since then there have been developments in understanding of animal welfare and also the introduction of the Animal Welfare Act in 2006. It was, therefore, felt timely to revise and update the original document so that it better reflects the legal and animal welfare considerations inspectors should consider when looking at catteries and making recommendations for licensing and any conditions applicable.

This revised document is aimed at all those who are tasked with inspecting, advising and licensing catteries under the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963. It may also be useful to owners and managers of catteries and those planning to build boarding catteries who wish to better understand what their legal requirements are under both the 1963 Act and the Animal Welfare Acts 2006 as well as other related legislation.

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