Animal Activity Licence (boarding)
The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 covers animal licensing, including home dog boarding, dog day care, boarding dogs in kennels & boarding cats.
From October 1st 2018, all new applications and renewals will be under these regulations. This is the link to the 'new regulations' in case you would like to read them.
If you're providing board for any dog or cat in the course of a business, including in a private dwelling, you will need a licence from the local authority. The number of dogs and cats that may be accommodated will be specified on the licence along with other specific conditions.
A local authority may authorise an officer, veterinary surgeon or practitioner to inspect licensed premises.
How can I apply?
Firstly you should read the general and applicable specific conditions and guidance below.
The guidance includes everything you need to know including the conditions you need to meet and how to achieve the higher standards, who is eligible to apply and information on the star rating system.
Then read the specific conditions and guidance for your business.
- kennels - specific conditions (PDF, 66KB) and guidance (PDF, 423KB)
- cattery - specific conditions (PDF, 66KB) and guidance (PDF, 1.2MB)
- home boarding of dogs (including dog day care at home) - specific conditions (PDF, 65KB) and guidance (PDF, 564KB)
- dog day care (commercial premises) - specific conditions (PDF, 63KB) and guidance (PDF, 429KB)
There is also a procedural guide which provides you with all you need to know about the processes which you can read here. (PDF, 685KB)
You can apply to carry out a licensable activity online or apply by post, by downloading the application form (PDF, 61KB) and sending it to the address on the form.
How much does the licence cost?
Please see current fees list Licencing Fees and Charges (PDF, 240KB)
Please note the application fee will need to be paid at the time of submitting the application form. Payments should be made by credit/debit card; we shall contact you on the telephone number provided once the application has been validated.
Last Updated: 19 March 2020