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Dog boarding in domestic premises

Dog boarding in domestic premises

Chesterfield Borough Council has now introduced licensing for home boarding of dogs.

Anyone can apply for a home boarding animal licence (dogs) as long as you have not been previously disqualified under these acts:

An annual fee costs £160 and runs from 1 January to 31 December each year, which requires annual renewal. Please see the document Domestic Dog Boarding Licence Conditions below.

To apply for a home boarding licence you must complete the home boarding application form and return it with the appropriate fee to:

Chesterfield Borough Council
Environmental Services
Food and Health and Safety Team
Town Hall
Rose Hill
Chesterfield
Derbyshire
S40 1LP

Please contact a member of the team should you require advice or wish to know what conditions apply to this licence.

Telephone: 01246 345 345

Check if you need planning permission before you make a licence application by using the number above and asking for a member of the planning team. Change in the use of a property may require planning permission.

If you already have planning permission for the same use, you should check that your licence application does not break any condition attached to the planning permission. If your licence is granted, planning enforcement action will be taken against you if you do not have the right planning permission in place.

We take into account the following:

  • where the dogs will be kept and size of accommodation
  • the number of animals kept
  • ventilation
  • cleanliness
  • exercise facilities
  • temperature and lighting
  • that all reasonable steps are in place to prevent and control the spread of infectious or contagious diseases
  • whether appropriate steps will be taken to protect the animals in the event of a fire or other emergency

We also consider whether the animals will be suitably:

  • fed
  • watered
  • exercised
  • visited
  • supplied with adequate bedding material

This list is not exhaustive.

A licence will be granted following completion of an satisfactory inspection from an authorised officer of the council.

Animal Welfare Act 2006 (pdf 283 KB)
Domestic Dog Boarding Licence Conditions (pdf 76 KB)
Home Boarding Application Form (word 144 KB)

Last updated on 14 October 2016