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Licences - boarding animals

Under the Animal Boarding Establishment Act 1963 anyone who carries on the business of providing accommodation for other people's cats and dogs is required to have a licence. The aim of the licensing requirements is to achieve certain standards in the management of the accommodation and to ensure precautions against disease and fire.


Frequently Asked Questions

(CnES is in the process of updating its telephone network. During the transition, some of the numbers listed in these FAQs may no longer be available. Please contact 01851 600 501 in the event of any consequent problems. )

Q: How long does it take to get a licence?
Processing of an application is dependant of inspection requirements and possible inoput from external agencies. With licence renewals application forms are normally issued 8 weeks before current licence is due to expire. New applications may take 2-3 weeks to resolve depending on inspections requirements.

Q: How much does it cost to get a Licence?
For more information, please contact us on 01851 600 501 or by e-mail at enquiries@cne-siar.gov.uk

Q: I have just bought a previously licensed premises, can I transfer the licence?
You will need to re-apply in your own/your company name.

Q: How can I apply for a licence?
For more information, please contact us on 01851 600 501 or by e-mail at enquiries@cne-siar.gov.uk

Q: Who decides whether or not I can have a licence?
If applicant and premises comply with the requirements of the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963 then licence will normally be issued.

Q: Who sets the fees for my licensing application?
The licence fees are set by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.

For further information about any of the services provided by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, please contact us on 01851 600 501 or by e-mail at