To run an animal boarding establishment, either in kennels or in your own home, you need a licence from us.
Only premises boarding cats or dogs need to be licensed. We may set conditions on which the licence will be granted.
The legislation relating to this licence is the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963.
New legislation will come into force on 1 October 2018 - The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) England Regulations 2018.
Applying for a licence
Any “fit and proper person” can apply for a licence, as long as they haven't been disqualified from keeping animals, a pet shop or animal boarding establishment.
If we're satisfied that the licence may be granted, with or without conditions, you'll be notified within ten working days.
In May 2016, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health published updated model conditions for dog boarding establishments. As a result, we've reviewed all our animal boarding conditions and the following conditions were approved by the licensing committee on 10 January 2017. Any premises inspected will now be assessed against the new conditions.
For commercial animal boarding establishments these are:
- CIEH model licence conditions and guidance for dog boarding establishments 2016
- CIEH model licence conditions and guidance for cat boarding establishments 2013
For home boarding, which means caring for other people's dogs in a domestic premises as day care or overnight:
For commercial dog day care and dog creches, which is dog day care not in someone's home:
There's no public register, but a list of current licensed animal boarding establishments is available on request.