If you provide home boarding or day care for dogs, you may need an animal activity licence. To obtain a licence, you need to ensure that you meet the specific licence conditions.
Do I need a licence?
You will need a licence if you are:
- A business which provides overnight accommodation for dogs in a home environment. This must be inside a domestic home which is not the usual home where the animals are kept, and not in external kennel accommodation (where external kennel accommodation is used, this would be classes as providing boarding in kennels for dogs)
- A business which provides daytime accommodation for dogs away from the dogs normal place of residence and do not keep them overnight.
See further guidance on home boarding (external link) and day care for dogs (external link).
When do I NOT need a licence?
You will NOT need a licence if you are:
- A business that looks after a dog within its normal place of residence (i.e. dog sitters).
Applications are submitted by the franchisee and the licence will be issued to the franchisee. The licence will list the names and addresses of all the host families registered with the franchisee. Individual host families will not need their own licence, unless they meet the business test.
Prior to issuing a licence all host families will be inspected and will be given one star rating based on an average across all the host families. All host family inspections will be arranged via the franchisee.
To find out how much your animal activity licence will cost, see:
How to apply
We are required to carry out an inspection of all premises where licensable activities take place before we can approve an application.
As part of your inspection, you will be given a rating based on specific criteria.
What do I do if I already have a licence?
Before the expiry date of your licence, you will need to make an application for a licence under the new regulations.
You are advised to familiarise yourself with the new licence conditions to ensure you are able to comply with these before making a new application - see further guidance on home boarding (external link) and day care for dogs (external link).
We maintain a public register of all the businesses which hold an animal activity licence, a copy of which is available below. This will be updated on a regular basis.