Animal boarding establishments
To run a boarding kennel or cattery, in South Ayrshire you need a licence from the Council. The number of dogs and cats that
may be accommodated will be specified on the licence along with other specific conditions.
South Ayrshire Council may authorise an officer, veterinary surgeon or practitioner
to inspect licensed premises.
An applicant must not be disqualified from any of the following at the time of the
- 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
- owning, keeping, dealing in or transporting animals under the Animal Health and
Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006. In Scotland an applicant must also not be disqualified
from working with, using, driving or riding animals, providing services to animals
that would involve taking possession of them, taking possession of an animal to
carry out any of the activities listed or taking charge of animals for any other
How to apply
The links below take you to another website which processes these applications on
behalf of South Ayrshire Council
What happens next?
Before considering an application South Ayrshire Council must have received all
the required supporting documentation before the application is considered lodged.
The following criteria will be considered when the application is being evaluated:
- That the animals will be kept in suitable accommodation at all times. Suitable accommodation
takes into account the construction and size of the accommodation, the number of
animals to be housed in it, facilities for exercising the animals, cleanliness and
temperature, lighting and ventilation provisions
- That suitable food, drink and bedding materials will be provided and that the animals
are exercised and visited regularly
- That steps are taken to prevent and control the spread of disease among the animals
and that isolation facilities are in place
- That adequate protection is provided to the animals in the case of fire and other
- That a register is kept. The register should contain a description of all animals
received, 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
It is in the public interest that the South Ayrshire Council must process your application
before it can be granted. We would expect to process your application within 15
working days. If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please contact
Will Tacit Consent apply?
In the interests of animal welfare, there is no automatic granting of a licence should we fail to respond to
you. Tacit Consent does not apply.
What if I have been refused approval?
Please contact South Ayrshire Council using the contact details below in the first
Any applicant who is refused a licence can appeal to their local Sheriff.
Any licence holder who wishes to appeal against a condition attached to their licence
can also appeal to their local Sheriff.
If you wish to complain about a licence holder please use the contact details below.
Who to contact
South Ayrshire Council
Ayr KA7 1UT
Tel: 01292 618222
Fax: 01292 288755