Licensing of Activities Involving Animals
The Animal Welfare (England) Regulations (July) 2018
- Procedural guidance notes for local authorities [PDF 604KB]
- Guidance for conditions for providing boarding in kennels for dogs [PDF 289KB]
- Guidance for conditions for providing home boarding for dogs [PDF 431KB]
- Guidance for conditions for providing day care for dogs [PDF 281KB]
- Guidance for conditions for providing day care for cats [PDF 751KB]
You can apply and pay for this licence online.
Payment can be made by debit or credit card. For current licence fees, see: Licence fees .
Before you apply for an Animal Boarding Establishment Licence, check your premises has planning permissions to operate the business.
For advice and guidance, contact Planning Services by email: firstname.lastname@example.org .
If you are applying for a licence for the first time or need more information, please contact the Licensing Unit:
- Username Licensing
- Email email@example.com
- Telephone 01422 393001 / 393002 / 393131
The Licensing Unit
You can also read: Animal Boarding Guidance notes [PDF 115KB] .
When deciding to grant a licence (or not), we will consider issues listed under the conditions for dogs or cats. These are 'without prejudice' to our discretion to refuse a licence on any other grounds. For more on this, read:
Will tacit authorisation apply?
What happens next
On receipt of a new application (or renewal), a Council Officer will contact you within 10 working days.
This is to make an appointment to inspect your premises to see if they are suitable to board cats or dogs. Also, the suitability of the owner in accordance with the conditions.
Note: A licence will not be issued until Council Officers are satisfied that the necessary conditions are met.