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Dog Daycare Planning Permission

Securing The Right Consents for Your Business

Are You Planning to Operate a Dog Daycare Centre?

Dog Daycare businesses have historically fallen under the Sui Generis use classes. They usually require planning for a change of use or for setting up a new centre.

The planning required can cover dog day-care, dog groomers and dog walking businesses with many enquiries coming through for planning permission for dog grooming from home.

These businesses can often start off operating from home or from an outbuilding.

Another option is to take on dedicated premises, either an existing building, such as a vacant industrial unit on the edge of town or in open countryside.

Plande has been involved with many applications for dog day care centres – contact us to discuss how we can help you secure your application.

Example Case Study: Use of car park for Doggie Day Care

What Are The Issues Associated with Seeking Approval for Dog Day Care Centres?

Getting Planning permission for dog daycare centres as well as dog grooming from home can be convoluted and problematic. Having a planning professional by your side helps overcome the challenges.

For example:

Resistance to development – new businesses located out of town may have to overcome objections due to ‘unsustainable locations’ i.e. customers and staff may need to travel by car.

Noise – in built-up areas, or where the development is close to neighbouring businesses. Neighbours’ and Environmental Health Officer’s perceptions of the noise created by dogs can be difficult to challenge without robust surveys and evidence.

Highway, pedestrian and dog safety – in relation to the high number of visitors and dog walking in the surrounding area.

Speak to the experts at Plande for expert help with your application.

Example Case Studies:

  1. Change of use of Industrial Unit to Doggy Day Care Centre (Sui Generis)
  2. Retrospective change of use of land for additional use for exercising dogs.

Disclaimer: This page provides an introduction only and is not a definitive statement of the law and should therefore not be relied upon. The information above relates to England only. Policies across the rest of the UK may differ. Contact your Local Planning Authority for advice and confirmation before any works are carried out. All images used are for illustrative purposes only. Read the full disclaimer here.

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