Boarding for cats or dogs and dog day care licence

If you or your business board dogs in kennels or at home, board cats or provide daycare for dogs (dog crèches), you will require a licence. The number of dogs and cats that may be housed or cared for will be specified on the licence along with other specific conditions.

Professional dog walkers and dog sitters (where you look after the dog within its normal place of residence) do not require a licence.

It is your responsibility to ensure you have a current licence. If you operate without a licence or fail to follow licensing conditions, you may face a fine and/imprisonment.

Licence summary

A local authority may authorise an officer, veterinary surgeon or practitioner to inspect licensed premises.

Apply

To apply, vary or renew a licence, you must comply with the licence conditions and guidance.

For an application please contact:

Licensing Partnership
PO Box 182
Sevenoaks
Kent
TN13 1GP

Or email licensing@sevenoaks.gov.uk

The Licensing Partnership will write to you at least three months before your licence expires, to remind you to renew it. You must apply for a renewal licence at least 10 weeks before the current licence expires if you wish to continue to operate without a break in trading.

Fees and charges

The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 - Commercial Establishments (overnight boarding)

  • new applications (commercial establishments) £757
  • renewal (commercial establishments) £488
  • new applications (home boarders/pet sitters - this includes creche facilities and franchises) £559
  • renewal applications (home boarders/pet sitters - this includes creche facilities and franchises) £528
  • addition of each host onto franchisee licence £128
  • minor variation (minor changes to licence not requiring site visit) £164
  • major variation (more substantial changes to licence that require a site visit) £405
  • request to be re-assessed for star rating (excluding appeal) £154
  • compliance inspections for multi-year licences £154 per visit
  • re-charge for ad hoc/additional inspections £154 per visit

Eligibility criteria

You need to be eligible to apply for a licence, you will find information on persons who may not apply in the regulation summary below.

Regulation summary

The regulation relating to animal activities requiring a licence.

Application evaluation process

Fees will be payable for applications and conditions will be attached.

The licence runs for one to three years from the date of issue.

You will receive a one to five-star rating on your licence, with a five-star rating the highest possible. The rating will be an accurate reflection of the level of risk of your business and the animal welfare standards you adopt.

Once we grant a licence, there are separate procedures for varying, suspending or revoking it as well as requesting a review of your star rating.

Will tacit consent apply?

No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact the Licensing Partnership.

Failed application redress

If we refuse your application, The Licensing Partnership notify you in writing stating the grounds for refusal. You will have 28 days following the notice of refusal to appeal to the First Tier Tribunal (Gov.UK website).

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