Animal boarding licences

An animal boarding establishment is a business that:

  • Provides or arranges boarding for cats;
  • Provides or arranges boarding in kennels for dogs;
  • Provides or arranges home boarding for dogs; or
  • Provides or arranges day care for dogs.

Whether you run the business in your own home or somewhere else, you will need a licence for it under The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018.

Animal boarding licences are valid for one, two or three years based on a risk assessment. The more conditions you meet, the better chance you have of being granted a longer licence.

Apply for an animal boarding licence

To apply for an animal boarding licence, please complete the following steps:

We will take the full payment when you apply. If your licence is not granted, part of your licence fee will be refunded to you.

Apply online

Vary a licence

If you wish to vary your licence, please email giving full details.

Complusory Microchipping Laws - Cats and Dogs

From 6 April 2016 it became compulsory for dog owners to ensure their dogs are microchipped; dogs must be fitted with a microchip and registered on a database by the age of 8 weeks old.

New laws coming into force on 10 June 2024, will require cats in England to be microchipped and registered on a database by the time they reach 20 weeks old.

For more information Visit The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) website.