Information about animal boarding establishment licences is under running an animal boarding business.
How to apply
If you want to run a business looking after a small number of other people's animals in your own home you will need to apply for a home boarding licence.
You will need to complete an application form and send this to us.
You will need to pay a fee for your licence. Please make sure you are aware of how much this will cost.
Start the journey
More info about the journey
You will need a chequebook or to telephone us with your credit or debit card details
You will need to send us your current certificate of insurance or have this ready to show to our environmental health officer when your premises is inspected
Following your application we will arrange for one of our environmental health officers to inspect the premises.
The licence will then either be granted and we'll send you your licence in the post or it may be refused or have additional conditions added to it.
If your application is likely to be refused or have additional conditions added we will contact you.
Renewing your licence
You will need to apply to renew a home boarding establishment licence each year if you want to continue running the business.
What you can do if you haven't heard from us
It is in the public interest that we process your application before deciding if it can be granted. This means that you'll need to wait for our decision before you start operating. If after a month you haven't heard from us please contact us by email or telephone for an update.
What you can do if your application is unsuccessful
Please contact us to discuss why you have been refused a licence, or if you think we have asked for an unreasonable condition.
If you are not happy with our decision, you can appeal to the magistrates court. A court may give directions on the issue of a licence, or on conditions set on a licence.
You can deliver your application to our offices.
If you would like to come into the office and speak to us about your application then please telephone to make an appointment.