Published: May 2016
Topic(s): General environmental health
This document is aimed at all those who are tasked with inspecting, advising and licensing kennels under the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963 (‘the 1963 Act’). It may also be useful to owners and managers of kennels and those planning to build boarding kennels who wish to better understand what their legal requirements are under both the 1963 Act and the Animal Welfare Act 2006 (‘the 2006 Act’) as well as other related legislation.
It replaces the original version published in 1995. Since then there have been developments in the understanding of animal welfare and also the introduction of the Animal Welfare Act in 2006. It was, therefore, felt timely to revise and update the original document to better reflect the legal and animal welfare considerations inspectors should consider when looking at boarding kennels and making recommendations for licensing and any conditions applicable.