You need a licence to run a boarding kennel or cattery.  The number of dogs and cats that can be accommodated, along with any other conditions, will be specified on the licence.

Who can apply?

An applicant must not be disqualified from any of the following at the time of the application:

For more information read the Cat Boarding Establishments Guide Opens in a new window or Dog Boarding Establishments Guide Opens in a new window produced by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.


You can apply for a new licence or a renewal by completing an application form and sending it us along with the correct fee.

  Apply or renew an animal boarding licence Opens in a new window

For completed applications we will try to process them within 20 working days if no further information is needed.


Where a licence is granted, that licence and any subsequent licence will expire on the 31 December of the year to which the licence relates and must be renewed before that date if the premises is to continue as an animal boarding establishment.


The fee for a new licence application is £272 plus the cost of vets fees if required.

The fee to renew a licence is £145 plus the cost of vets fees if required.

Licensed establishments

Visit the Animal Register page to see the current establishments with a licence.