Apply for an animal boarding licence

If you run a business that provides accommodation to other people’s dogs or cats you must have a licence. Accommodation includes commercial kennels, catteries, home dog boarding and dog day care centres. We may call upon the services of an approved vet for new applications.

It costs £373.75 (plus any vet fees) to apply for a new licence for kennels, catteries and dog day care centres, which lasts for a full calendar year. An application to renew your licence costs £176.25 and £79 per year (licences can be issued for 1, 2 or 3 years depending on outcome of inspection).

It costs £259.25 to apply for a new licence to home board dogs, which lasts for a full calendar year. An application to renew your licence costs £81.50 and £79 per year (licences can be issued for 1, 2 or 3 years depending on outcome of inspection).

Pet sitting does not require a licence. This is where a pet is looked after in its own home whilst the owner is away.

Please check the DEFRA guidance for information on licence conditions:

Applying for a licence

Before applying for any animal welfare licences you should discuss your business proposal with the Senior Animal Welfare Officer first. If your application is for new commercial kennels, cattery or dog day care centre, you’ll also need planning permission before your application can be considered.

To apply in writing, complete the downloadable application form and return it to the address on the form. We aim to process applications within 25 days. Please contact us if we have not given you a decision after this time.

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