Animal boarding and home boarding licence
If you run a boarding kennels or cattery you need a licence from us. You must also apply/hold a licence from us if you take a dog/s into your home for any length of time in return for payment, this may include dog walkers.
Information is available by reading the animal boarding establishment conditions and guidance.
Existing licence holders and anyone planning to apply for a licence should also read the Animal Welfare (licensing of activities involving animals) Regulations 2018.
Apply for an animal activity licence
To apply you need to complete and submit the following forms:
- Animal Licensing Standard Applicant Profile Section 1
- Animal Licensing Standard Declaration
- Animal Boarding application form
Use our online form below to submit the completed forms and public liability insurance certificate. You will also need to pay the fee using a debit or credit card.
The cost to apply for the grant of an animal boarding establishment licence is £401.
The cost to apply for a renewal is £355.
We strongly advise that you read the guidance notes for more information on animal boarding best practice.
When we get your application, we’ll arrange an inspection. We’ll check licence conditions that cover:
- food, drink and exercise
- precautions to prevent the spread of disease
- measures in the event of an emergency
- records kept at the premises
You’ll get a star rating for the premises, between 1 and 5. Full information about the rating system is in the DEFRA guidance notes.
You should allow two months for your application to be processed.
- guidance notes for Boarding Dogs in Kennels
- guidance notes for Boarding Cats
- guidance notes for Dog Day Care
- guidance notes for Home Boarding Dogs
Report unlicensed animal boarder
If you know or suspect someone is boarding cats or dogs without a licence, you can report it to us by using our general enquiries online form.
We will investigate reports to check if the premises has a licence.
Laws and regulation
Animal Boarding Establishment Licences are granted under The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018.