Home boarding licence

Under Section 1 of the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963 any business providing accommodation for other peoples' dogs and cats must be licensed by the Local Authority. This also applies to businesses who provide this accommodation within their home and therefore Home Boarding Licences are required. Home Boarding Establishment Licences when granted run from 1st January to 31st December each year. We will issue a reminder before the licence is due for renewal.

You can apply for this licence if you are over 18 and have not been disqualified from keeping an animal boarding establishment or from keeping or having custody of animals.

You can download an home boarding licence application form and once completed, send it to us with the relevant fee. 

The cost to apply for the grant of a home 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 by downloading the document Guidance on fee construction.

Once we receive your application and inspectors report we will arrange for an officer to inspect your premises when they will check it complies with the standard licence conditions set out in the Act.

A decision will then be made regarding the application.

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

Please Note: 

With effect from 1st October 2018, The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 update a number of licensing provisions. Anyone with an existing animal related business or planning a business should read the regulations and the guidance notes which accompany them.

From this date, providing or arranging ‘day care for dogs’ will also require a licence.

The following guidance have been published in relation to Home Boarding:

National standards have now been established for home boarding of dogs.

Laws and regulation

Home Boarding Establishment Licences are granted under the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963.