Home boarding for cats and dogs
1. The licence
Home boarding establishments are licensed as part of the Animal Boarding Establishment Act 1963. These establishments are usually where one or two animals are cared for in another person’s home as a family pet, and as part of a business.
Before making an application you should read through the DEFRA guidance notes below. It provides general and specific licence conditions that are attached to the licence and information on how to meet each required standard.
Animal boarding falls into 3 separate categories:
- Guidance notes for boarding dogs in kennels 2018 (PDF 320Kb)
- Guidance notes for home boarding dogs 2018 (PDF 460Kb)
- Guidance notes for home boarding cats 2018 (940Kb)
How to apply
To apply for a home boarders licence you must read the Conditions for boarding cats and dogs (PDF 153Kb) before you download and complete the form below
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There is an application fee which you must be pay when you make your application. You can find full details on our fees page.
How to pay
You can send a cheque for the cost of the licence enclosed with your application form to
Environmental Health and Trading Standards
Fred Perry House
Or you can email your application to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have an invoice you can call 0161 474 4181 and ask for business support.
We’ll inspect your premises before we grant you a licence so we can make sure you meet the current legislation. The more conditions you meet, the better chance you have of being granted a longer licence.
- have a specialist knowledge in the species that you’re caring for and a clear understanding of their welfare and of their physical and mental needs
- have a specialist knowledge of their feeding habits and knowledge of environmental enrichment
- be able to demonstrate that you have researched and followed expert guidance in order to carry out your role
- have comprehensive records that contain all the information required by the conditions of the licence that apply to your particular activities
- have an understanding of risks involved in caring for the animal, including an extensive risk assessment and written policies and procedures that are reviewed regularly
- have training procedures in place to make sure staff know what is expected of them, and clear evidence of good supervision of staff
After your inspection, we’ll send you a report to let you know whether there are any 'minor failings', you have met the 'minimum standards' or you have met the 'higher standards'.
We’ll then award you a star rating of up to 5 stars and licence of between 1 and 3 years. Your star rating must appear where your business is advertised and on the licence.
We aim to issue a licence within 28 days of receiving a valid application.
If you’re not satisfied with the decision, you can make improvements to the premises, and ask for a re-inspection at an extra cost.