Background and Eligibility Criteria
In accordance with a Home Boarding Licence, dogs must live in the home as family pets. There must be no external construction of buildings, cages or runs.
The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the Feline Advisory Bureau (FAB) consider that due to the free nature of cats they are not recommended for home boarding and that this practice should be discouraged.
Anyone can apply unless they are disqualified:
- from keeping a boarding establishment under Animal Boarding Act 1963
- from keeping a pet shop under the Pet Animals Act 1951
- from having the custody of animals under the Protection of Animals (Amendment) Act 1954 under section 34(2), (3) or (4) of Animal Welfare Act 2006
The Animal Welfare Act 2006, places responsibilities for care and welfare of an animal, on persons who are in charge of or are responsible for the animal, whether on a permanent or temporary basis.
How long does the licence last?
A licence is valid for one year and operates from 1 January (or the date granted after that date) to 31 December.
In the event of the death of a person who is keeping a boarding establishment, the licence shall be deemed to have been granted to his personal representatives and shall remain in force until the end of the period of three months beginning with the date of death and shall then expire.
The Vale of Glamorgan Council may extend this period on application if satisfied that the extension is necessary for the purpose of winding up the deceased’s estate and that no other circumstances make it undesirable.