Animal boarding establishments / dog sitting licences

If your business provides accommodation for other people’s dogs and cats, even if you run the business from your own home, you need a licence.

The licence is valid for a maximum 12 months and must be renewed on 1 January each year.

Who can apply for a licence?

You won’t get a licence if you’ve been banned from keeping a pet shop or convicted of any other animal welfare offences.

What criteria do I have to meet?

You must make sure that the animals you look after are:

  • kept in suitable accommodation
  • provided with adequate food, drink and bedding
  • regularly exercised
  • safeguarded in an emergency
  • protected from infectious disease (this includes isolation facilities)

You must also keep a register of all the animals you look after, including their arrival and departure date, and name and address of the owner.

How do I apply for a licence?

Apply online, or download our animal boarding application form (commercial premises) or animal home boarding application form or apply for a Home Boarding Renewal (for domestic premises)

To renew your licence, download our renewal form.

For a full list of fees, please view the 2018 animal licence fee document.

Is there an appeal process?

If you aren’t granted a licence, or if you don’t agree with a condition attached to your licence, you may appeal to your local magistrates’ court.

What happens if I don’t comply?

If you don’t have a licence, or you don’t comply with any of the conditions, you may be prosecuted, fined up to £5000 and / or imprisoned for up to 3 months.

Further information
Conditions for cattery boarding licence
Conditions for kennel boarding licence
Home boarder conditions 
Commercial dog day care conditions

For more information please complete our online contact form.

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