Local Authorities are responsible for regulating Animal Boarding Establishments under the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963. This means that no person can keep a boarding establishment for animals except under the authority of a licence granted in terms of the Act. The only exception as specified in the Act are where animals are held in connection with a business where the main activity is not the provision of accommodation (e.g. a veterinary surgery) or under the Animal Health Act 1981 which covers the eradication and prevention of disease.
The current animal boarding licensing scheme has been applied to traditional animal boarding by licensing kennels where dogs are boarded overnight and applicable conditions are attached to the licence. This traditional form of animal boarding has been joined in the market place by providers offering dog boarding in domestic settings and by providers offering dog boarding without overnight accommodation in a commercial premises setting. Both these latter activities are not currently covered by the existing conditions.
Those persons operating Home Boarding or Commercial Day Boarding of dogs would be subject to requirements of the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963.
Prior to introducing conditions attached to licences for both Home Boarding and Commercial Day Boarding of Dogs we wish to find out the views of both the public and those people who might be affected by the introduction of the proposed conditions.
The deadline for responding to this consultation is 3 March 2017.
If you wish to submit any comment in relation to the proposed conditions please send them to:
or in writing to:
West Dunbartonshire Council,
Dumbarton G82 3PU.
Once all responses have been submitted a report will be presented to the Licensing Committee on 19 April 2017 for consideration.