Animal boarding licences

If you run an animal boarding establishment in Solihull you require a licence. There are three types of licence available:

We are obliged to publish details of your licence on a public register.

Licensed Animal Boarders

There are a number of licensed animal boarders within Solihull:

Home Boarding licence

Home boarding is when dogs are boarded in a home. They live as part of the family, have access to a garden and must not be kept in an outdoor building or kennel. Planning permission is not normally required but if you live in rented accommodation you'll need your landlords permission.

  • There cannot be more than 4 dogs kept in a property at the same time including any resident dogs
  • Only dogs from the same household may be boarded at any one time unless the dog owners give their consent in writing. Dogs must not be boarded with any cat, unless they normally live together in the same household
  • Puppies under 6 months old must not be boarded with other dogs, including resident dogs
  • We cannot accept your application if there are children under 5 who reside at the premises or are regular visitors to the premises

You should carefully read our full conditions before applying

Apply

To apply please download the following application form

Before granting or renewing a licence a licensing officer will inspect your premises.

The application fee is £115. If a veterinary inspection is necessary this will be charged separately.

The completed form should be returned to the address stated on the form, together with the required fee, and public liability insurance.

Dog Day Care licence

Anyone who operates a premises providing accommodation for animals needs to apply for a licence. This applies to premises whereby dogs are cared for during the daytime and the premises is not otherwise licensed by Solihull Council as a kennels or home boarding establishment.

Depending on the size of your premises and the proposed number of dogs you may require planning permission. You can contact our Planning team by:

A fit and proper person must always be at the premises during operating hours. Dogs must not be left unattended at any time and adequate staffing must be provided to ensure the safety of the dogs.

  • The ratio of dogs to staff at any one time should not exceed 6 dogs to 1 staff member
  • If day care is taking place at a residential property you cannot keep more than 4 dogs at one time
  • We'll inspect every premises before granting or renewing a licence
  • New applications will be assessed by an independent veterinary inspector
  • Puppies under 6 months old must not be boarded with other dogs including resident dogs
  • We cannot accept your application if there are children under 5 who reside at the premises or are regular visitors to the premises
  • You should carefully read our full conditions before applying

Apply

To apply please download the following application form:

The application fee is £115. If a veterinary inspection is necessary this will be charged separately.

The completed form should be returned to the address stated on the form, together with the required fee, and public liability insurance.

Commercial boarding licence

Commercial catteries and kennels are premises with purpose built accommodation units/blocks.

Planning permission is required, and there are strict guidelines regarding the size and construction of the accommodation units. You can contact our Planning team by:

For further information please read our licence conditions

Before we grant a licence your premises will be inspected by an independent veterinary inspector which incurs a chargeable fee determined by the veterinary practice.

The licence fee is dependant upon the number of animals accommodated on site as follows:

From April 2018

  • less than 10 animals £220 plus veterinary fees
  • between 10 and 50 animals £220 plus veterinary fees
  • between 51 and 100 animals £220 plus veterinary fees
  • over 100 animals £220 plus veterinary fees

An application form is available for download here

The completed form should be returned to the address stated on the form, together with the required fee, proof of planning permission and proof of public liability insurance.

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