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Boarding cats and dogs

Apply for a licence

Use this service to apply for a licence to board cats and dogs including:

  • dog day care
  • home boarding for dogs
  • commercial animal boarding for cats and dogs

Before you get started

To apply for a licence to board cats or dogs, you’ll need to download the complete the application form (Word 142kb). You’ll need:

  • a description of the accommodation provided for the horses
  • the name and address of the premises
  • your public liability insurance reference number, or the steps you’re taking to get it

Once you've completed your application, you'll need to email it to the animal licensing team at

For alternative ways to send us your application, including by post, you can visit our contact us page.

What happens next

Once you've sent us your application, you'll need to pay an administration fee of £212.30.

You can pay your administration fee online.

Once you've paid

If your application is successful, you'll receive:

  • an inspection from our licensing officer and an independent vet
  • a risk rating score, following your inspection
  • an invoice for your licence, based on your risk rating

For more information about the premises inspection, including what to expect, you can download and complete the premises inspection form for:

When you receive your invoice, you can pay it online.