Animal boarding licence

Apply for or renew an animal boarding licence.

New applicants are advised to contact us before applying as we will arrange to meet you, go through the application process and carry out an inspection of your premises at the same time.

If you provide accommodation for other people's cats and dogs you are required to have a licence. The licence is to ensure certain standards in the management of the accommodation are met and to guard against disease. 

Licences usually run from 1 January and last up to 12 months.  


Please contact the Animal Welfare team to apply for a licence. Call 020 7527 3222 or email

After you apply

We will only make a decision about your application after an independent report has been received. 

The right to appeal

If your application is refused, please contact us in the first instance. You can appeal to the local magistrates’ court. 

Licence renewals

All licences run from 1 January each year. We will send you a reminder to renew your licence in November and a pre-licence inspection will be carried out in the same month. 

A second reminder is sent out in December and the licence issued from 1 January. 

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