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Apply for an animal boarding establishment licence

If you run a business that provides accommodation to other people’s dogs or cats (a kennel or a cattery) you must have an animal boarding establishment licence.

It costs £175 to licence a kennel or cattery business in a commercial premises, which is renewed annually. Renewing your licence for another year costs £140.

It costs £135 for a license to board dogs, which must be from the same household only, in a residential property (known as home dog boarding). Renewing your licence for another year costs £110.

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 a new or purpose-built premises, you’ll also need planning permission before your application can be considered.

Apply online for an animal boarding establishment licence

To apply in writing, complete the downloadable application form you need 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.