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Animal boarding licence

Animal boarding licence

How to apply for a licence to run a boarding kennel or cattery, board dogs in your own home and for dog day care

Licence summary

You'll need a licence if you:

  • board dogs overnight in your own home
  • provide day care for dogs (dogs kept at the premises 7am to 7pm)
  • board cats at your property (in purpose built cattery units only,  you can't board cats in your own home)

The licence will tell you the number of animals that can be accommodated and other specific conditions.

We may authorise an officer, veterinary surgeon or practitioner to inspect licensed premises.

Licence guidance

Regulation summary

A summary of the regulation for this licence

Eligibility criteria

An applicant mustn't be disqualified from any of the following at the time of the application:

  1. a person listed as a disqualified person in paragraph 4 or any of paragraphs 6 to 17 of Schedule 8 (see legislation above) where the time limit for any appeal has expired or where the appeal was refused
  2. any person listed in any of paragraphs 1 to 3 and 5 of Schedule 8 (see legislation above) as having held a licence which was revoked where the time limit for any appeal against that revocation has expired or the appeal was refused.

Before you apply

Applications can only be made by individuals.

Contact us before you submit your application so we can talk to you about your proposal and the fees.

Apply on the GOV.UK site

The application fee is £75.

The application form is a PDF that you'll need to save before you can edit. 

Apply to board dogs in your home (GOV.UK)

Licence fees

Home boarding of dogs licence

  • 1 to 3 dogs - £90
  • Over 3 dogs - £130

Day care for dogs licence

  • 1 to 3 dogs - £90
  • Over 3 dogs - £130

Boarding cats licence is £130

There's a charge if you need to make an amendment to your existing licence. Contact us to discuss this.

Star rating

Licences will be granted for either 1, 2 or 3 years depending on the star rating awarded after inspection.

We'll carry out a risk rating based on:

  • if you've run an animal boarding business before 
  • your knowledge of the animals in your care
  • if you meet the criteria set out in the legislation
  • your ability to demonstrate your practices and staff training

The inspector will look at the animals and their environment and refer to the licence guidance. The overall score will determine the star rating and the length of licence.

Scoring

Low risk

  • Minor failings: 1 star (1 year licence)
  • Minimum standards: 3 star (2 year licence)
  • Higher standards: 5 star (3 year licence)

Higher risk

  • Minor failings: 1 star (1 year licence)
  • Minimum standards: 2 star (1 year licence)
  • Higher standards: 4 star (2 year licence)

If you don't agree with your star rating

You can submit a written appeal within 21 days of the rating being issued to the licensing authority and request a re-inspection.

You'll have to pay for any re-inspection. Businesses disputing their star rating are encouraged to discuss this informally with the inspecting officer first so that there is an opportunity to help explain to the business how the rating was worked out.

Premises with lower star ratings

Premises with a lower star rating aren't necessarily a premises to avoid as there are other factors that have to be considered, such as the length of time the licence holder has been operating. 

Premises currently licensed under the legislation (pdf, 247KB) (opens new window) (pdf, 96KB) (opens new window)

Consumer complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you , preferably by letter (with proof of delivery).

If that's not worked:

Contact information

Neighbourhood Enforcement (100TS)

PO Box 3176

Bristol, BS3 9FS

Opening Hours

Our normal opening hours are:

  • Monday to Thursday, 8.30am to 5pm
  • Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm

Tel: 0117 922 2500, option 2