Animal boarding licence

To run a boarding kennel or cattery, you need a licence from us. The number of dogs and cats that may be accommodated will be specified on the licence along with other specific conditions.

We will authorise an officer, veterinary surgeon or practitioner to inspect licensed premises. 

Application for an animal boarding licence

The following criteria will be considered when the application is being evaluated:

  • the animals will be kept in suitable accommodation at all times. Suitable accommodation takes into account the construction and size of the accommodation, the number of animals to be housed in it, facilities for exercising the animals, cleanliness and temperature, lighting and ventilation provisions
  • suitable food, drink and bedding materials will be provided and that the animals are exercised and visited regularly
  • steps are taken to prevent and control the spread of disease among the animals and that isolation facilities are in place
  • adequate protection is provided to the animals in the case of fire and other emergencies
  • a register is kept. The register should contain a description of all animals received, their arrival and departure date and the name and address of the owner. The register should be available to be inspected at any time by a local authority officer, veterinary surgeon or practitioner.


Fees will be payable for applications and conditions may be attached. The following fees are payable to Peterborough City Council:

Qualifying criteria

An applicant must not be disqualified from any of the following at the time of the application:

  • keeping an animal boarding establishment
  • keeping a pet shop under the Pet Animals Act 1951
  • keeping animals under the Protection of Animals (Amendment) Act 1954
  • owning, keeping, being involved in the keeping or being entitled to control or influence the keeping of animals, dealing in animals or transporting or being involved in the transportation of animals under the Animals Welfare Act 2006
  • owning, keeping, dealing in or transporting animals under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006. In Scotland an applicant must also not be disqualified from working with, using, driving or riding animals, providing services to animals that would involve taking possession of them, taking possession of an animal to carry out any of the activities listed or taking charge of animals for any other purpose.

Regulation summary

Animal Boarding Establishments are regulated by the Animal Boarding Estabishments Act 1963 licence holders must ensure they comply with legislation.

Will tacit consent apply?

Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard otherwise within 35 days. 

Failed application redress

Please contact us in the first instance. Any applicant who is refused a licence can appeal to their local Magistrates' court.

Licence holder redress

Any licence holder who wishes to appeal against a condition attached to their licence can appeal to their local Magistrates' court.

Other redress

If you have any issues regarding an Animal Boarding Establishment for example complaints relating to; noise, pollution or possible non compliance with regulations, or if one trader wishes to complain about another, please contact us for help and advice.

Cat boarding guidance

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Dog boarding licence

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