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Animal licensing

Animal licensing

Changes to animal licensing 1st October 2018

From 1 October 2018 animal licensing is changing

You will require a licence if you:

  • sell animals as pets
  • provide for, or arrange for the provision of boarding for cats or dogs (including boarding in kennels, catteries, home boarding for dogs and day care for dogs)
  • hire out horses (whether for riding lessons or not)
  • breed dogs (3 litters a year or more)
  • breed, keep or train animals for exhibition (including performance)

The Regulations will be changing and there are new guidance notes that include the standards you need to comply with, before a licence is granted or renewed. 

If you currently hold a licence with the Council, it will run until it's expiry date.

Further information and fees will be put here as soon as they are available.


The keeping and running of:

is controlled by The Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963, The Pet Animals Act 1951 and The Riding Establishments Acts 1964 and 1970.

No person may keep a boarding establishment for animals without first obtaining a licence from their local authority.

Application fees (from 1 April 2017)

  • pet shop = £252
  • animal boarding = £328
  • home boarding = £165
  • riding establishment = £143 + vet inspection fee
  • Dangerous Wild Animals = £139
  • breeding of dogs = £327

All fees are reviewed annually in April.

Current list of breeding establishments

ATM kennels - Chesterfield

Current list of licensed catteries and kennels

ADK9, Breck Farm, Breck Lane, Chesterfield S43 2NP

Broomhill Farm, cattery and kennels, Broomhill Road, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 9EA

Broomhill Luxury Dog Hotel, Broomhill Farm, Broomhill Road, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 9EA

Canal Kennels, Victoria Farm, Victoria Street, Brimington S43 1HY

Chesterfield Cattery, Crow Lane, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 0EQ

Dunston Lodge Kennels, The Lodge, Dunston Lane, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 9RJ

High Farm Kennels, High Farm, Unstone Road, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 9QS

JJ's Boarding Cattery, Boarding Cattery, Broomhill Road, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 9D

Oasis Kennels, 18 Thompson Street, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 9AR

Twelvetree Cattery & Pet Services, Holmeleigh, 21 Westwood Lane, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S43 1PA

Walkiz @ Rose Cottage Doggy Daycare, Rose Cottage, Crow Lane, Chesterfield S41 7UE

Willow Lodge Farm Kennels, Willow Lodge Farm, Campbell Drive, Barrowhill, Chesterfield S43 2PN

Yew Tree Cat Hotel, 55 Yew Tree Drive, Chesterfield, S40 3NB

Current list of licensed home boarding establishments

Chesterfield Doggy Day Care, 34 Hillcrest Road, Hasland, Chesterfield, S41 0NB

Clarks Pet Couriers, 34 Worksop Road, Mastin Moor, Chesterfield, S43 3DJ

Complete Pets, 95 Langer Lane, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S40 2JP

D4 (Dinky Doggy Day Dreams), 23 Central Avenue, Chesterfield, S40 2PQ

Divine Dog Care, 31 May Avenue, Old Whittington, Chesterfield, S41 9LW, Tel. 07539 732 137 or 01246 451 080

Doggy Digz, 229 Lockoford Lane, Tapton, Chesterfield S41 0TG

Doggie Home From Home, 144 Handley Road, New Whittington, Chesterfield, S43 2BQ

Gimme A Break, 14 Kirkstone Road, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 8HD

Happy Hounds, 129C, Handley Road, New Whittington, Chesterfield S43 2EP

Happy Hounds Dog Boarding & Walkies Service, 33 Grasmere Close, Newbold, Chesterfield, S41 8EF

Holiday Hounds, 175 Lockoford Lane, Tapton, Chesterfield, S41 0TG

Home from Home, 278 Newbold Road, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 7AJ

Homeward Hounds, 13, Bond Street, Staveley, Chesterfield S43 3QR

Hound Heaven, 36, King Street, Brimington, Chesterfield S43 1HX

House of Waggles, Hipper Street, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S40 1SW

K9 Home Care, The Crosslands, 41A, Newbold Village, Newbold, Chesterfield S41 8RJ, Tel. 01246 620 716 or 07967 130 510

Paws Awhile Chesterfield, 40 Holme Park Avenue, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 8XB

Paws Wander Inn, 73 Rhodes Avenue, Newbold, Chesterfield, S41 7HQ

Paws Wander Inn 2, Ash House, Helmsley Close, Newbold, S41 8BG

Primo Doggie Home Boarding, 244 Lockoford Lane, Tapton, Chesterfield, S41 0TQ

Spire Boarding 4 Dogs, 71, Barker Lane, Chesterfield S40 1EQ

Spot On Pet Services, 106 Highfield Road, New Whittington, Chesterfield, S43 2EZ

Staveley Dog Services, 4A, Market Street, Staveley, Chesterfield S43 3UT

Current list of licensed pet shops

Apisto Aquatics, 1, Manknell Court, Manknell Road, Chesterfield, S41 8LZ

ADK9Breck Farm, Breck Lane, Chesterfield S43 2NP

Fish Inc Limited, 1, Church Street, Staveley, Chesterfield S43 3TL.

Hasland Pet Supplies, Hasland Pet Supplies, 2 Mansfield Road, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 0JA

Pets at Home, Unit 5, Ravenside Retail Park, Park Road, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S40 1TB

The Pet Stop, 8 Falcon Yard, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S40 1PF

Current list of riding establishments

Brimington Equestrian Centre, Brimington Equestrian Centre, 130 Manor Road, Brimington, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S43 1NN

Poplar Farm Riding Centre, Rectory Road, Duckmanton, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S44 5JS

Licensing of establishments

Application for a licence must be made to the local authority and a licence may be issued if the applicant is not disqualified under any of the following acts:

  • The Animal Boarding Establishment Act 1963
  • The Pet Animals Act 1951
  • The Protection of Animals (Amendment) Act 1954
  • The Protection of Animals (Cruelty to Dogs) (Scotland) Act 1934

There is an application fee that must be paid at the time an application is made. Where a licence is granted, that licence and any subsequent licence will expire on 31 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.

Apply online

Select the required link below and apply online:

Please note: renewal letters are sent in November each year with an application form and information of what the fee will be.

Council duties

Before being granted a licence, the applicant must be able to demonstrate to the council's licensing inspector that:

  • the animals will at all times be kept in accommodation suitable in respect of construction, size of quarters, number of occupants, exercising facilities, temperatures, lighting, ventilation and cleanliness
  • animals will be adequately supplied with suitable food, drink and bedding materials, adequately exercised, and (so far as is necessary) visited at suitable intervals
  • all reasonable precautions will be taken to prevent and control the spread of infectious or contagious diseases, including the provision of adequate isolation facilities.
  • appropriate measures will be taken to protect the animals in case of fire or other emergency, including the provision of suitable fire-fighting equipment
  • a register containing a description of any animal received into the establishment, the date of arrival and departure, and the name and address of the owner will be kept, and that the register will be available for inspection at all times by a licensing inspector

A licence may be refused or withheld on other grounds if those grounds are such that conditions were not suitable for the boarding of animals. Each licence issued is subject to standard conditions that are imposed on all animal-licensed establishments licensed by the council. In addition to the standard conditions a licence may also contain special conditions that are only applicable to your premises.

Your right of appeal

Any person aggrieved by a refusal to be granted a licence or by any conditions to which a licence is subject may appeal to the Magistrates' Court, who may give such directions regarding the licence or its conditions as it thinks proper.

Offences and penalties

The following offences and penalties apply to the keeping of animal boarding establishment.

Anybody found guilty of operating without a licence may be subject to a fine and/or imprisonment .

Anybody found guilty of failing to comply with the conditions of their licence may be subject to a fine and/or imprisonment.

Anybody found guilty of obstructing or delaying an inspector, or authorised veterinary surgeon or veterinary practitioner in the exercising of their powers of entry may be fined.

If found guilty under legislation, the defendant's licence may be cancelled and they may be disqualified from keeping an animal boarding establishment, pet shop, home boarding establishment or riding establishment for such length of time the court thinks fit.

Further information

Copies of the above named legislation can be viewed on the Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI) website.

What is the process?

There is a 28-day consultation period. The outcome of your application will be determined within 14 days following the end of consultation.

How long is the licence valid?

All animal licences expire on 31 December each year following the date of issue.

How much does it cost?

Application fees:

  • pet shop = £252
  • animal boarding = £328
  • home boarding = £165
  • riding establishment = £143 + vet inspection fee
  • Dangerous Wild Animals = £139
  • breeding of dogs = £327

Please note that all fees are subject to a percentage increase on a yearly basis.

Last updated on 18 September 2018