Animal activity licences

You need a licence to carry out dog and cat boarding, dog breeding, hiring of horses, selling pets or keeping animals for exhibition.

You will need to have a licence for the following activities:

  • Dog boarding (kennels, home boarding or daycare)
  • Cat boarding
  • Selling animals as pets
  • Hiring horses (e.g. horse riding lessons)
  • Dog breeding
  • Keeping or training animals for exhibition

Businesses will be issued a star rating (1-5) that reflects standards. This will be shown on the licence.

National conditions set the out minimum standards required to obtain a licence. Higher standards are also specified. These are optional but the only way to achieve a higher star rating.

How much does it cost?

Licence fees will depend on the type of activity and length of licence. Please see our Icon for word Animal Activities Licence Fees 2020-2021 [14.68KB].

Veterinary Inspection fees are recharged at cost.

Applications for dog breeding or hiring of horses will always include a veterinary inspection. In addition, an annual veterinary inspection is required at licensed establishments where hiring of horses takes place.

Licence Duration

Licences are issued for 1,2 or 3 years. Businesses with a higher star rating will receive a longer licence.

Licences to keep or train animals for exhibition do not receive a star rating and are issued for three years.

How To Apply

Complete and return the relevant application form together with Part A fee and any supporting documents.

You can pay by debit or credit card by phoning us on 01303 853660

What Happens Next?

We will get in touch if we need any additional information.

We aim to organise an inspection of the premises in 10 working days. This may take longer if a Vet Inspection is required. The inspection will assess whether you can meet the licence conditions.

If we are satisfied that the minimum conditions can be met, we will write to inform you of the decision. You must pay the Part B fee before the licence is issued.

If we refuse your application, we will write to you explaining the reasons why and how you can appeal.

Further Inspections

We may carry our further inspections during the term of your licence to ensure that conditions are being met.

Establishments carrying out hiring of horses will receive an annual veterinary inspection.


Email  or call: 01303 853660



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