Licences are required to keep certain animals and also for businesses that deal with animals, including dog walking and animal boarding.
What you need to know
Dog day boarders, keepers of exhibition animals and dog breeders must register with us and anyone who does not register could be guilty of an offence.
Anyone who operates a business looking after dogs which is away from the dog and owners homes during the day will need a licence. People who keep exhibition animals in the course of their business for educational or entertainment purposes will also need to register - this includes businesses such as falconry displays, dove releases, animal encounter experiences, or pat-a-pony days.
Licences are not required for pet sitting (where you visit the animal in its own home).
- Code of practice for the welfare of cats
- Code of practice for the welfare of dogs
- Guidance notes for hiring out horses
- Guidance notes for providing boarding for dogs
- Guidance notes for providing boarding for cats
- Guidance notes for dog breeding
- Guidance notes for providing day care for dogs
- Guidance notes for providing home boarding for dogs
- Guidance note for selling animals as pets
What we need to see
Specific requirements for each application are laid out in the application forms below.
|Licence type||Application fee||1 year licence payable on grant||2 year licence payable on grant||3 year licence payable on grant|
|Breeding, boarding and pet shops||£185||£150||£225||£300|
|Hiring out horses||£222.50||£215||£295||£375|