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Burwell Guest House for Dogs

5 Star Rated



Application form to be completed and submitted to the Council and to be accompanied with

Plan of Property Required

showing separation areas for dogs to be boarded and an

Independent Veterinary Inspection and Report

A vet will consider the applicants’ suitability to hold a home boarding licence, and will determine the maximum number of dogs to be boarded at any one time.


1. Introduction

1.1 These conditions apply to all buildings and areas to which boarding dogs have access to.

1.2 Normally planning permission will NOT be required unless a complaint is received because of particular noise or odour problems.

1.3 The Licensee must have adequate and suitable public liability insurance.

1.4 No dog registered under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 must be accepted for home boarding.

1.5 Dog hybrids registered under the Dangerous Wild Animal Act 1976 (e.g. Wolf Hybrids) are not to be accepted for home boarding.

1.6 Entire males are permitted to be boarded as long as written permission from other dog owners are received.

1.7 Entire male resident dogs over the age of 9 months are NOT permitted.

1.8 The premises to allow adequate space for dogs to be kept separately if required.

2. Licence Display

2.1 A copy of the licence a must be suitably displayed to the public in a prominent position.

3.Number of Dogs

3.1 The maximum number of dogs are subject to Veterinary and Inspector approval.

3.2 Where dogs from different families are permitted

3.3 Specific written consent from client that they are content for their dogs to be boarded with others is required.

3.4 To conduct a mandatory,trial familiarisation session for all dogs prior to stay.

3.5 To ensure separation of dogs from different households when left unattended.

3.6 To carry out separate feeding of dogs to minimise the likelihood of dispute and aggression.

3.7 Puppies under 6 months must have a trial socialisation period with no difficulties.

3.8 Where there is a resident dog or cat written consent must be gained agreeing for boarded dogs to be with boarded with resident pets.

3.9 The Licensee will be required to make an assessment of the risks of home boardingto include the risk to or caused by children who are likely to be visiting the property.


4.1 Dogs must live in the home as family pets. There must be no external construction of buildings, cages or runs.

4.2 The premises shall have its own entrance.

4.3 There must be adequate space, light, heat and ventilation for the dogs.

4.4 All areas which boarded dogs have access to, must have no physical or chemical hazards that may cause injury to the dogs.

4.5 There must be sufficient space availableto keep the dogs separately if required.

4.6 If a collection and delivery service is provided, a suitable vehicle with a dog guard or cage in the rear must be provided.

5. Management

5.1 Training

Systematic training of staff and licensees must be carried out. Training/ knowledge to include canine body language, recognition of 

signs of stress in dogs, administering of first aid and identifying early warning signs of ill health. Resolution of dog to dog and dog to 

human conflict.

5.2 Cleanliness

5.2.1 All areas where the dogs have access tomust be kept clean.

5.2.2 All excreta and soiled material must be removed. Disposal facilities for animal waste must be agreed with the Licensing 


5.2.3 All bedding areas must be kept clean and dry.

5.2.4 Facilities must be provided for the proper reception, storage and disposal of all waste.

5.2.5 Minimise the risks from rodents and other pests within the premises.

5.3 Food and Water Supplies

5.3.1 All dogs shall have an adequate supply of suitable food as directed by the client.

5.3.2 Fresh drinking water must be available at all times and the drinking vessel cleaned daily.

5.3.3 Clients must be encouraged to provide each dog with its own bedding, bowls, grooming materials etc. The Licensee however 

should also be able to provide extra bedding material.

5.3.4 Where necessary, eating and drinking vessels must be provided and they must be capable of being easily cleansed

5.4 Kitchen Facilities

5.4.1 Airtight containers must be provided for the storage of dry foods.

5.4.2 All bulk supplies of food shall be kept in vermin proof containers.

5.5 Disease Control and Vaccination

5.5.1 Adequate precautions must be taken to prevent and control the spread of infectious and contagious disease and parasites 

amongst the dogs, staff and visitors.

5.5.2 Proof must be provided that dogs have current vaccinations A record of this proof must be supplied be kept on-site.

5.5.3 A veterinary surgeon must be sought in case of signs of disease, injury or illness.

5.5.4 A first-aid kit suitable for use on dogsmust be available and accessible on site.

5.5.5 The Licensee must be registered with a 24 hour veterinary practice.

5.5.6 Precautions must be taken to prevent the spread of fleas, ticks and other parasites. Proof must be maintained of all routine / 

emergency treatment for parasites.

5.5.7 The premises shall be regularly treated for fleas and parasites with a veterinary recommended product.

5.5.8 Veterinary advice must be sought in relation to cleaning substances so that they or their fumes cannot be harmful to an animal.

5.6 Isolation and Contagious Disease Outbreak.

5.6.1 Dogs showing signs of disease/illness shall be isolated until veterinary advice is obtained.

5.6.2 The Licensee must inform the Licensing Authority if a dog develops an infectious disease.

5.6.3 Following an episode of infectious disease during any stay, the premises must undergo a reasonable quarantine period before new boarders are admitted.

5.6.4 The Licensing Authority must be informed of any animal death on the premises. The body must to be stored at a veterinary surgeons premises until the owner return.

5.7 Register

5.7.1 A register must be kept of all dogs boarded including all the relevant information.

5.7.2 A register is to be available for inspection by an Licensing Officer or Veterinary Surgeon.

5.7.3 The register must be kept readily available for a minimum of 2 years.

5.7.4 If medication is to be administered, it must be recorded.

5.7.4 Where records are computerised, a back-up copy must be kept.

5.8 Supervision

5.8.1 A person with relevant experience must always be present to exercise supervision.

5.8.2 Dogs must be visited at regular intervals and not be left unattended for longer than 3 hours at a time and then NOT on a regular basis.

5.8.3 NO licence will be granted where there are residents under 16 years of age.

5.8.4 Only people over 18 years of age are allowed to walk the dogs in public places.

5.9 Exercise

5.9.1 If dogs are taken off the premises, they must be kept on leads.

5.9.2 There must be direct / unshared access to a suitable outside area.

5.9.3 The exercise/garden area must be totally secure and safe.

5.9.4 If there is a pond, it must be covered.

5.9.5 Dogs must wear a collar and identity tag that displays the details of the boarding premises.

5.9.6 The Licensing Authority must be informed if a dog is lost within 24hrs.

5.10 Fire/Emergency Precautions

5.10.1 Appropriate steps must be taken to protect dogs in case of fire or other emergencies.

5.10.2 The occupier must be aware of the location of the dogs in the property at all times.

5.10.3 The sleeping area for dogs should be easily evacuatedin the event of a fire.

5.10.4 A fire warning procedure and emergency evacuationplan must be drawn up and displayed in a prominent place on the 

premises. The Licensee must have suitable arrangements for the temporary boarding.

5.10.5 Fire detection equipment must be in place in accordance with Fire Safety guidelines.

5.10.6 All doors to rooms must be kept shut at night.

5.10.7 All electrical installations/ appliances must be in a safe condition. No dog must be left in a room with loose or trailing cables or wires.

5.10.8 All heating appliances must be free of risk of fire as is reasonably practicable. No use of free standing gas or oil appliances permitted.

5.10.9 A relative, friend or neighbour within 5 minutes travelling time must have a spare set of keys and access to the premises in case of an emergency. These details must be made available to the Licensing Authority.