Animal boarding licence

You will need a licence in order to run a boarding kennel, home boarding, doggy day care, or a cattery. This is to ensure that animal welfare standards and health and safety regulations are met.  For all new applications, a vet will make an inspection. The fees for this inspection will be recharged to the applicant.

Fees

An animal boarding licence from Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council it is £200.

For an animal home boarding (small)* licence from Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council is £150. (* for boarding 2 dogs or less at home)

Apply

You will need a licence from the licensing authority that your kennels or cattery is in. This is usually the local council, if you do not know who that is, visit: Gov.UK, find your local council and type in the postcode of where your business is located.

In West Suffolk there are two licensing authorities, Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council.

Application form for a licence to keep a boarding establishment for animals

Guidance
There are certain conditions that need to be met if a licence is to be issued.

Standard Conditions for Licensed Animal Boarding, Dog Breeding and Pet Shop Establishments

How long is my licence valid for?
A licence is valid from 1 January to the 31 December (calendar year). There is no reduction in cost for licences issued part way through the year.

Does tacit authorisation apply?
Yes, you should expect a decision within 42 days of the licensing authority receiving your application.