A licence under The Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963 is required by everyone who home boards dogs, runs a dog day care centre, or kennels dogs or cats.  A licence under The Breeding of Dogs Act 1973 is needed by most people who breed dogs for sale on a commercial basis.  These licenses are issued by the Environmental Health team at East Devon DC and will include a number of conditions which must be complied with.

The conditions are designed to ensure that at least basic standards of health, safety and welfare of the dogs or cats are met. They include requirements to ensure that dogs and cats are:

You’ll need to show that the animals you look after are:

  • kept in suitable accommodation
  • provided with adequate food, drink and bedding
  • regularly exercised
  • safeguarded in an emergency
  • protected from infectious disease – this includes providing isolation facilities


You won't be given a licence if you’ve committed any animal health or welfare offences, or if you’ve been banned from:

  • running a riding establishment
  • running a pet shop
  • keeping animals, including in a boarding kennel or cattery


Please report concerns or issue with a licensed premises for animals 

Applying for licences, renewals or changing

Downloadable forms for licence applications, renewals or changing are available below (please note these are for hand written applications)


  • Before a new licence can be issued your premises must be inspected by a vet and/or an officer from the environmental health team.  You will need to pay the vet’s fee
  • A vet’s visit is not required for home boarders
  • Inspections are also carried out each year before the licence is renewed, and during the year, particularly if improvements are needed


There will be a fee for each application or renewal see licence charges for animal boarding establishments.

Trade associations

Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

Pet Care Trust (PCT)