Apply for an animal boarding licence
The application form is available to download and the fee from 1st April 2016 is £196.
What's an animal boarding establishment?
An animal boarding establishment is a business that provides accommodation for other people’s dogs or cats.
An animal boarding establishment licence needs to be renewed every year.
You still need to apply for a licence even if you’re only looking after a small number of animals in your own home.
The council will inspect your premises before giving you a licence, and any time after your licence is granted.
You’ll need show 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 providing isolation facilities
Your council may also add other conditions to your licence.
You need to keep a register available for inspection by a vet or other council-approved officer, containing:
- a description of all the animals you’ve kept
- their arrival and departure dates
- the name and address of their owners
You will not be given a licence if you’ve been banned from keeping a pet shop, or convicted of any other animal welfare offences.
Fines and penalties
- you can be fined up to £500 or imprisoned for up to three months, or both, if you run an animal boarding establishment without a licence, or don’t follow the conditions of your licence
- your licence can be taken away if you stop or delay an inspection, and you could be banned from running an animal boarding establishment
Last updated Monday, 4th April 2016