Under the new Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 any business or person will need a licence if they wish to board dogs or cats.
There are four types of boarding and you will need to apply for the correct licensable activity:
Please note: Home boarding has different conditions to day care. Please ensure you apply for the correct boarding.
Activities that fulfil one or more of the following criteria are subject to licensing:
Please read through the licence conditions carefully for the type of licence that applies to your application:
See our licensing fees and charges
The online application form for an Animal Boarding Licence is currently unavailable, we are sorry for any inconvenience.
To apply to run an animal boarding establishment please download, print and complete the application form and pay the initial fee.
Download the application form
All premises will be inspected before a licence is granted. The Officer will be looking to make sure the applicant has the at least the following.
The premises itself will also be assessed so we can be sure the licence holder can meet the new laws relating to the physical environment in which the animals will be kept
Once the Licensing Team receive your application and your initial payment, they must issue a decision on application within 10 weeks of receiving it.
No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted.
If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please contact us on 01206 282520 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For suspensions, variation without consent or revocations in the first instance the applicant must contact the Licensing, Food and Safety Team.
You can contact us on 01206 282520 or email email@example.com
If you are still not satisfied you can appeal to the First Tier Tribunal. There is a 28 day appeal period.
View the list online here
Licence holders must renew their licence each year if they wish to continue to operate as a licensed animal boarder.
To renew their licence, licence holders must complete an renewal application form and submit this with the relevant fee:
Licensing Fees and Charges
This can be done by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling our Licensing, Food and Safety Team on 01206 282520.