From 1 October 2018 the Animal Welfare Regulations 2018 come into force.  To find out how these may affect you please view our New animal licensing regulations page


You need a licence if you charge a fee to look after other peoples dogs in your own home. The number of dogs that can be accommodated, along with any other conditions, will be specified on the licence.

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

For more information read the Home Boarding Standard Conditions produced by the Local Government Association.

Home Boarding Standard Conditions
Details of the licence conditions for home boarding (dogs) in Torbay.


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

  Download a dog home boarding licence application

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 £225 plus the cost of vets fees if required.

The fee to renew a licence is £120 plus the cost of vets fees if required.

Licensed establishments

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