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 2017 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.
Conditions for cattery boarding licence
Conditions for kennel boarding licence
Guidance notes for home boarding and dog crèches (day boarding)
Home boarder conditions
Commercial dog day care conditions