Animal boarding establishments

Animal boarding establishment licence applications

Planning requirements

Before applying for an Animal Boarding Establishment Licence you need to check whether your premises have the necessary planning permissions to operate the business. Further advice and guidance can be sought from Planning Services. e-mail:


If you are applying for a licence for the first time or require any further information, contact the Licensing Unit on 01422 393001 or e-mail:

In determining whether to grant a licence or not the Local Authority will consider the issues listed under the conditions for either dogs or cats; but these are without prejudice to our discretion to refuse a licence on any other grounds.

Animal boarding licences last for 12 months, valid from the 1st January to 31st December. If you need to change any aspect of your licence or it is due for renewal, you need to reapply to the Council.

Apply online

EUGO logoYou can apply and pay for this licence online via UK Welcomes, part of the EUGO network.

Payment can be made by debit or credit card.

Licence fees

The appropriate fee must be paid before the licence is granted. For current licence fees see Animal licence fees.

Will tacit authorisation apply?


What happens next

On receipt of an application, whether it is a new application or a renewal, an Officer from the Local Authority will contact you within 10 working days and make an appointment to visit your premises. The purpose of the visit is to inspect the premises with a view to determining the suitability of the premises to board cats or dogs and also the suitability of the owner in accordance with the conditions.

A licence will not be issued until the officers are satisfied that the necessary conditions are met.

Last Updated: 20/09/2016