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 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.

Further information
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

For more information please complete our online contact form.

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