3. construction (dogs)

3.1       General

3.1.1    The establishment must, at all times, be laid out and operated in accordance with an approved plan, to be attached to the licence.  Before carrying out any alterations, plans must be submitted to and approved by the licensing officer of the local authority.

3.1.2    Where wood has been used in existing construction it must be smooth and treated to render it impervious.  Wood should not be used in exposed construction of walls, floors, partitions, door frames or doors in the dog kennelling area.  there must be no projections liable to cause injury.

3.1.3    Fencing materials must be secure and safe.

3.1.4    Sleeping areas of kennels must be so insulated as to prevent extremes of temperature.

3.1.5    The construction must be such that the security of the dog is ensured.

3.1.6    All exterior wood must be properly treated against wood rot.  Only products which are not toxic to dogs may be used.

3.1.7    All internal surfaces used in the construction of walls, floors, partitions, doors and door frames to be durable, smooth and impervious.  there must be no projections or rough edges liable to cause injury.

3.2       Walls and partitions

3.2.1    Walls with which dogs may come into contact must be of smooth impervious materials, capable of being easily cleansed.  Where concrete or other building blocks or bricks are used in such walls, they must be sealed so as to be smooth and impervious and resealed as necessary.

3.2.2    Junctions between vertical and horizontal sections should be coved.  If impractical in existing premises, all joints must be sealed.

3.2.3    Partition walls between kennels must be of solid construction to a minimum height of 1.2m (4ft).

3.2.4    In new construction, in exercise runs the lower section of partitions in adjoining runs must be of solid construction.

3.3       Floors

3.3.1    Floors of all building, individual exercise areas and kennels, must be of smooth, impervious materials, capable of being easily cleansed and in new kennels must incorporate a damp proof membrane.

3.3.2    All floors of kennels and individual exercise areas must be constructed and maintained in such a condition as to prevent ponding of liquids.

3.3.3    In new construction floors must be laid to a minimum fall of 1 in 80 leading to a shallow drainage channel or effectively covered deep drainage channel.

3.3.4    Communal exercise areas must be suitably drained but need not comply with conditions 3.3.1 and 3.3.2.

3.4       Ceilings

3.4.1    Ceilings must be capable of being easily cleansed and disinfected.

3.5       Doors

3.5.1    Kennel doors must be strong enough to resist impact and scratching and must be fitted to be capable of being effectively secured.

3.5.2    Where metal bars and frames are used, they must be of suitable gauge (approximately 10-14) with spacing adequate to prevent dogs escaping or becoming entrapped.  Where metal edging is used, this must not present a risk of injury to the dog.

3.5.3    Door openings must be constructed such that the passage of water/waste is not impeded, or allowed to gather due to inaccessibility.

3.6       Windows

3.6.1    All windows which pose a security risk must be escape proof at all times.

3.7       Drainage

3.7.1    The establishment must be connected to mains drainage or an approved, localised sewage disposal system. 

3.8       Lighting

3.8.1    During daylight hours light must be provided to exercise and sleeping areas so that all parts are clearly visible.  Where practicable this must be natural light.

3.8.2    Adequate supplementary lighting must be provided throughout the establishment.

3.9       Ventilation

3.9.1    Ventilation must be provided to all interior areas without the creation of excessive, localised draughts in the bedding area.

3.10     Maintenance

3.10.1  Maintenance and repair of the whole establishment must be carried out regularly.


North Kesteven District Council
Kesteven Street
NG34 7EF

Tel: 01529 414155
Fax: 01529 308394
Email: Licensing Team