How to apply for an animal boarding licence

Fees and how to apply

Before applying

Please refer to the dog boarding licence conditions, cat boarding licence conditions or home boarding licence conditions where applicable.

It is recommended that before an application is submitted, you seek advice from an officer. Use our contact form or telephone 01455 238141.

Please note that any licence issued will run until the end of the calendar year in which it is granted. After this date the licence will need to be renewed. We will send you an application form which you must return to us and the application fee paid by cheque, debit or credit card.


Application fees for animal boarding licences are:

  • One to 25: £117.50
  • 25 to 49: £124.50
  • 50 to150: £138
  • Home boarding is £81.70

Vets fees may be charged where applicable, as a vet may be required to inspect the premises before a licence is issued.

How to apply

You can apply online for an animal boarding licence. Choose an option:

Apply for an animal licence

Apply for an animal licence at home

Alternatively you can download the animal boarding application form (PDF) and return it to the address provided in the form.

Time period for council to normally approve the application

Two months

What happens if your application is not processed by this council within the normal approved time period (Tacit consent)

It is in the interest of animal health that this council must process the application. It may be required to consult other external agencies prior to making a decision. Therefore, should you not receive confirmation that your licence application has been granted or rejected within two months of submission you may not commence your business.

If you have not heard from us in that time period

Please use our contact form

Complaints concerning the process

In the first instance, please use our contact form. Any person who is refused a licence or objects to a condition attached to a licence may appeal to the local magistrates' court.

Any change in circumstances

If you wish to vary any licence condition or change premises or proprietor you need to apply again.

Last updated: ‎21‎/‎12‎/‎2017‎ ‎10‎:‎59‎