To home-board dogs, you will require an animal activities licence. The accommodation and care provided for dogs does not need to include overnight accommodation to require a licence.
How to apply
If you wish to apply for a home boarding licence you will need to complete the online application form below,
Apply online for an animal activities licence
Alternatively you can complete the hard copy below and submit it by email to the address supplied:
Application for an animal boarding licence (word 185kb)
Your application must be submitted along with all required supporting documents. Applications without supporting documents will not be accepted.
If you are new to the whole or an area of animal activities licensing and require advice and guidance on applying for a Home Boarding licence, we offer a pre-application advice service. The fee for this service is £70 plus VAT.
Please note: we cannot offer pre-application advice to any person who is subject to compliance/intervention or enforcement action by the Licensing Team.
If you would like to book a pre-application advice meeting please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once you have submitted your complete application you will be contacted by a licensing officer, who will arrange to visit and inspect your home.
If you meet all the requirements, your licence will be granted and forwarded in due course within 10 weeks of a completed application been made:
In order to be granted a licence, you will need to be able to comply with the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) England Regulations 2018.
Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) England Regulations 2018 (pdf 5mb)
GOV.UK - Guidance for the home boarding of dogs (external website)
If you are unable to meet the requirements for a licence, the officer will arrange to revisit you when you have done additional work on your home.
Tacit consent does not apply to this application, meaning that your application will not be automatically granted after a specified period of time. Each application must be considered on its own merits.
Animal Activities licence fees April 2022 (pdf 194kb)