Animal boarding establishments licence

Anyone running a boarding kennel or cattery in Newport will need a licence from Newport City Council.

Licence conditions must to be met before the licence is granted. 

Please contact us before you apply for a licence

Please contact us before applying for a licence so that we can talk about requirements and send you all the conditions you would need to meet so that you can apply and pay for the licence online.

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When you apply you must not be disqualified from:

  • keeping an animal boarding establishment
  • keeping a pet shop under the Pet Animals Act 1951
  • keeping animals under the Protection of Animals (Amendment) Act 1954
  • owning, keeping, being involved in the keeping or being entitled to control or influence the keeping of animals, dealing in animals or transporting or being involved in the transportation of animals under the Animals Welfare Act 2006

A fee is payable, view the current animal health licence fees

When an application is being considered the inspecting officer will look for:

  • suitable animal accommodation provided
  • suitable food, drink and bedding materials provided and animals are visited and exercised
  • steps taken to prevent and control the spread of disease and there are isolation facilities
  • adequate protection is provided for animals in case of fire and other emergencies
  • a register with a description of all animals, their arrival and departure date and the name and address of the owner. The register should be available to be inspected at any time by a local authority officer, veterinary surgeon or practitioner.

Apply for an animal boarding establishment licence

Fines and penalties

You could be fined up to £500 or imprisoned for up to three months, or both, if you run an animal boarding establishment without a licence, or don't follow the conditions of your licence.

Tacit consent

Tacit consent does not apply, your application must be processed by Newport City Council before it can be granted.

If you have not heard from Newport City Council within 8 weeks please contact the council below.

Failed applications

Applicants who are refused a licence should contact Newport City Council and may also appeal to the Magistrates court.


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