Animal Boarding Establishments
An animal boarding establishment is a business that provides accommodation for other people’s dogs or cats. An animal boarding establishment licence needs to be renewed every year.
You still need to apply for a licence even if you’re only looking after a small number of animals in your own home.
The number of dogs and cats that can be accommodated, along with any other conditions, will be specified on the licence.
The council may inspect your premises before giving you a licence, and any time after your licence is granted.
You’ll need show that the animals you look after are:
- kept in suitable accommodation
- provided with adequate food, drink and bedding
- regularly exercised
- safeguarded in an emergency
- protected from infectious disease – this includes providing isolation facilities
See the documents below for more specific information.
You need to keep a register available for inspection by a vet or other council-approved officer, containing:
- a description of all the animals you’ve kept
- their arrival and departure dates
- the name and address of their owners
At the time of application, you will not be given a licence if you:
- are disqualified from keeping an animal boarding establishment
- are disqualified from keeping a pet shop under the Pet Animals Act 1951
- have been convicted of any other animal welfare offences.
Fines and penalties
You can be fined up to £500 or imprisoned for up to 3 months, or both, if you run an animal boarding establishment without a licence, or don’t follow the conditions of your licence.
Your licence can be taken away if you stop or delay an inspection, and you could be banned from running an animal boarding establishment.