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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:

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 £432.

The cost to apply for a renewal is £395.

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:

  • accommodation
  • food, drink and exercise
  • precautions to prevent the spread of disease
  • measures in the event of an emergency
  • records kept at the premises

Full information about the rating system can be found in DEFRA’s Procedural Guidance for Local Authorities.

You should allow two months for your application to be processed.

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.