Boarding animal licences

Boarding animal licences

Choose an animal boarding licence:

Licence summary

Under the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963, to run a boarding kennel or cattery, you need a licence from the local council.

This includes commercial boarding establishments and those operated as 'home boarders' where a single 'family unit' of dogs or cats are boarded within a domestic premises.

As an applicant for an animal boarding licence, you must not be disqualified by a court of law from running a animal boarding business. You must also ensure that:

  • Keeping animals under the Protection of Animals (Amendment) Act 1954 
  • Owning, keeping, being involved in the keeping or being entitled to control or influence the keeping of animals, dealing in animals or transporting or being involved in the transportation of animals under the Animals Welfare Act 2006 
  • Owning, keeping, dealing in or transporting animals under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006. In Scotland an applicant must also not be disqualified from working with, using, driving or riding animals, providing services to animals that would involve taking possession of them, taking possession of an animal to carry out any of the activities listed or taking charge of animals for any other purpose