Renfrewshire Council

Animal Boarding Licence

Who needs a licence, how to apply, conditions of the licence, if you are refused a licence, inspections, register of animal boarding licence holders.

Who needs a licence

Establishments boarding animals as a business (including private dwellings) are subject to the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963.

The Act requires such establishments to be licensed by the local authority.

For the purpose of this Act the keeping of such establishments is defined as the carrying on at any premises, including a private dwelling, of a business providing accommodation for other people's cats and dogs.

A licence is granted at the discretion of the local authority who may take into account the suitability of the accommodation, whether the animals are well fed, exercised and protected from disease and fire.

A licence may be refused or withheld on other grounds if those grounds are such that conditions were not suitable for the boarding of animals.

There is separate guidance for commercial day care of dogs and home boarding of dogs.

How to apply for a licence

Complete the application form for an animal boarding licence [90KB]  and return it to the address on the form.

On receipt of the application form the council will arrange for an officer to carry out an inspection of the premises to ensure its suitability for housing animals.

A licence may or may not be issued dependent on the findings of the inspection.

A licence for an animal boarding establishment is £85.15.

You must contact us immediately with any changes of circumstances.

Conditions of licence

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health website has published model terms and conditions. Please refer to the Model Conditions. 

The licence lasts for one year. The onus is on the licence holder to apply for a renewal of the licence in good time, you will not receive any reminder from the Council. Please apply for your following year licence by 30 September to allow our Service time to process the new licence.

If you are refused a licence

Any person aggrieved by a refusal to be granted a licence, or by any conditions to which a licence is subject, may appeal to a Sheriff who may give such directions regarding the licence or its conditions as it thinks proper.


Inspections may be carried out annually by a Public Health Enforcement Officer (Environmental Health).

Register of animal boarding licence holders

Animal boarding licence holders
Langslie CatteryThe Langslie, Lochwinnoch PA12 4DR01505 843366
Lochermill Boarding Cattery LtdCrosslee Road, Bridge of Weir PA11 3RE01505 690259
Riverside KennelsHawkhead Road, Paisley PA2 7BQ0141 889 3185
Hartfield Boarding Kennels and GroomingHartfield Farm, Gleniffer Braes, Paisley PA2 8UU07584 245125
Kookie KennelsJeffreystock Road, Lochwinnoch PA12 4DQ07367 482044.