Apply for an animal boarding licence
The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 stipulate that “providing or arranging for the provision of boarding for cats or dogs” is a licensable activity by the definition below:
“providing or arranging for the provision of accommodation for other people’s cats or dogs in the course of a business on any premises where the provision of that accommodation is a purpose of the business by:
- providing boarding for cats;
- providing boarding in kennels for dogs;
- providing home boarding for dogs; or
- providing day care for dogs”
Exemptions are listed in the regulations
Star rating and licence length
Premises can be awarded 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 STARS
Licences can be granted for one, two or three years.
The length of licence issued and, the number of stars awarded will be dependent on the outcome of a risk assessment and also the number of additional required higher standards and optional higher standards that are met. This will be assessed during an inspection by Melton Borough Council’s appointed Officer.
The licence specific, required higher standards and optional higher standards are listed in the Defra guidance documents which are available to view here .
Our current charges for these licences are shown on our fees page.
We understand that you may be unsure whether your business/activities fall within the scope of the new regulations and as such we are offering a pre-application service.
If this is something you would like to access then please complete and return this questionnaire in as much detail as possible so we may determine whether an application is required in your personal circumstances and what the next steps for you would be.
How to apply
Applications can be made using the form linked below.
When submitting this form any personal information you give to us is covered by the Licensing Privacy Notice
You will need to ensure you have the necessary authorisation under the Planning Acts to operate your business. Please contact the Development Control Team by emailing email@example.com. You can also find further advice by visiting our pages on planning permissions . You can also seek advice from Environmental Health..
We have no powers to licence dog walkers.