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 download the application form from ‘Useful documents’ below. 

You can send the completed form, along with a cheque for £320 made payable to Islington Council, to the Animal Welfare Service, 222 Upper Street, London N1 1XR. 

Alternatively, you can email the form to

We will only process your cheque or take credit or debit card payment over the phone once we are certain all the licensing criteria has been met. 

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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