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Contact the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) council to apply for an animal boarding establishment licence if you want to run a boarding kennel or cattery.
Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
Upper Newtownards Road
An animal boarding establishment is a business that provides accommodation for other people’s dogs or cats.
You have to pay a fee for an animal boarding establishment licence. The licence needs to be renewed every year.
You’ll need to prove that you have suitable qualifications or experience to run an animal boarding establishment when you apply.
You’ll also need to show that the animals you look after are:
- kept in suitable accommodation
- provided with adequate food, drink and bedding
- regularly exercised
- safeguarded in an emergency
- protected from infectious disease – this includes providing isolation facilities
DARD may inspect your premises before giving you a licence, and any time after your licence is granted, to check that you’re meeting health, safety and animal welfare standards.
Fines and penalties
You can be fined up to £500 if you stop or delay an inspection.
You can be fined up to £2,500 or imprisoned for up to 3 months, or both, if you run an animal boarding establishment without a licence, or don’t follow the conditions of your licence.