Animal Boarding Establishments

The keeping and running of animal boarding establishments (catteries and kennels) is controlled by the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) England Regulations 2018 under the licensable activity of providing or arranging for the provision of boarding for cats or dogs.

Who needs to apply?

Any person wishing to carry on the business of providing, or arranging for the provision of, accommodation for other people’s dogs and cats, even if the premises is a private dwelling, must obtain a licence from the local authority.


Any licence granted is subject to conditions and the local authority must also be satisfied the conditions will be met prior to the grant of a licence. General conditions apply to all licences, and further relevant conditions apply to the activity that is being applied for.

Guidance notes on these conditions, published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), are also available.

Application forms

An animal activity licence application form (Part A) [PDF, 291 KB] can be downloaded, printed and sent to us along with an application form for animal boarding (Part C) [PDF, 345 KB].

Both forms are required for the application.

All documents supporting this application must be supplied within three working days, otherwise the application may be deemed incomplete and be rejected. The application process will not commence until all information has been received.

Fees and charges

You can find the fee for this licence by viewing our licence fee register.


We aim to process applications within 10 weeks, however this may take longer if further information is required or if it proves difficult to make the arrangements for the inspection.

Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) England Regulations 2018

The Government introduced a significant change with the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) England Regulations 2018. Visit the Canine and Feline Sector Group’s website for guidance documents to assist businesses in meeting the new requirements set out under those Regulations which came into effect on 1 October 2018.

Tel: 01724 297750

Licensing Department
PO Box 42
Church Square House
DN15 6XQ

Monday to Thursday
9:00 am – 12.30 pm & 2:00 pm – 4.30 pm

9:00 am – 12.30 pm & 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm