Animal boarding and home boarding licence

Any business providing accommodation or care for other people’s dogs and cats is required to apply for a licence. You must be over 18 years of age and not be disqualified from keeping an animal boarding establishment or from keeping or having custody of animals.

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 (this form is also used for home boarding and dog day care services)

Once completed, return these to us with the relevant fee and a public liability insurance certificate.

The cost to apply for the grant of an animal boarding establishment licence is £347. The cost to apply for a further licence is £329.

You can find out how the Council constructs its fees in the document Guidance on fee construction for the Licensing Service.

Once we receive your application, a licensing officer will arrange to inspect your premises.
During the inspection the licensing officer will check that you are able to comply with the standard licence conditions.  The applicant will then receive a star-rating based upon compliance, risk and standards.  The rating your premises receives pending inspection will determine the duration for which the licence will last (one, two or three years).  Please note, as new applicants will not have a compliance/complaint history with the local authority, they will initially always be treated as ‘high-risk’ and, as such, may not be eligible for the highest ratings until they renew the licence.  Full information about the rating system can be found by viewing the DEFRA guidance notes.

It is strongly advised that you read the relevant guidance notes (listed below) for more information on animal boarding best practice. 

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

Laws and regulation

Animal Boarding Establishment Licences are granted under The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 and the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963.