Richmondshire District Council

Applying for a licence

You may apply for a licence providing you are not disqualified from keeping animals, a pet shop or an animal boarding establishment.

Following receipt of your completed application form, together with the correct fee, the premises will be inspected by a local authority officer. Where the officer is satisfied that the licence may be granted, with or without additional conditions, you will be notified within 10 working days of the inspection.


In May 2016 the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health published updated model conditions for Dog Boarding Establishments (the previous model conditions were from 1995). As a result of this, a review of all the council's animal boarding conditions has been carried out. The following conditions were approved by Licensing Committee on 10 January 2017. Any premises inspected after this date will be assessed against the new conditions.

For commercial animal boarding establishments these are:

For home boarding (for example caring for other peoples dogs in a domestic premises as day care or overnight) these are:

For commercial dog day care and dog creches (Dog day care is not in someone's home) these are:


Public register

There is no public register but a list of current licensed animal boarding establishments is available.

Further information

For further information, please contact us using the details given below.

Environmental Health
Richmondshire District Council
Mercury House
Station Road
North Yorkshire
DL10 4JX

Telephone: 01748 829100

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