Animal Boarding Establishments Licence

Animal Boarding Establishment Licence

You need a licence to operate the following boarding establishments for dogs or cats:

  • Kennel
  • Cattery
  • Doggy Day Care and crèches
  • Home Boarding (whether for a day or overnight)

The number of dogs and cats which can be accommodated will be specified on the licence along with other specific conditions.

We may authorise an officer, veterinary surgeon or practitioner to inspect licensed premises.

Licence criteria

The following criteria will be considered during the application process:

  • animals will be kept in suitable accommodation at all times. Suitable accommodation takes into account the construction and size of the accommodation, the number of animals to be housed in it, facilities for exercising the animals, cleanliness and temperature, lighting and ventilation provisions
  • suitable food, drink and bedding materials will be provided and that the animals are exercised and visited regularly
  • steps are taken to prevent and control the spread of disease among the animals and that isolation facilities are in place
  • adequate protection is provided to the animals in the case of fire and other emergencies
  • a register is kept. The register should contain a description of all animals received, their arrival and departure date and the name and address of the owner. The register should be available to be inspected at any time by a local authority officer, veterinary surgeon or practitioner

Please note: if you are applying for an Animal Boarding Establishment Licence for the first time, you will be refused a licence if you cannot meet the required standards.

Doggy day care/crèches/home boarding

Doggy day care, crèches and home boarding encourages the mixing of dogs which creates a higher risk of both dog on dog conflict and the spread of diseases and infection between dogs.

To meet our required standards, you must demonstrate that you can manage your premises in a manner that is safe for the dogs and personnel that work there.

Please note: many dogs live in a household with humans, not other dogs. Mixed dog settings can cause a great deal of stress and anxiety, which can lead to conflict arising over feeding, toys, possession of bedding etc...


An applicant must not be disqualified from any other following at the time of the application:

  • Keeping an animal boarding establishment
  • Keeping a pet shop under the Pet Animals Act 1951
  • 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

How to apply

To apply for a animal boarding establishment applications visit GOV.UK – application for an animal boarding establishment licence.

Appealing a rejected application

To appeal a rejected application please contact RVBC on 01200 425111.

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