Animal boarding licence

You must have a licence to provide animal boarding for other people's cats or dogs. This includes:

  • boarding at your home
  • doggy day care
  • kennels
  • catteries

Even if you’re only looking after a small number of animals in your own home, you are required to have a licence under the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963

You can ask for more information about the licence and its conditions before applying.  

Apply for a licence

There are two different application forms you can complete:

We will inspect your premises before giving you a licence, and any time after your licence is granted.

You’ll need to show that the animals you look after are:

  • kept in suitable accommodation
  • provided with adequate food, drink and bedding
  • regularly exercised
  • safeguarded in an emergency
  • protected from infectious disease

Tacit consent does apply, meaning you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you've not heard from us in 28 days.

If you're granted a licence

The number of animals you can accommodate will be specified on the licence along with other specific conditions.

If your licence application is refused

You will not be given a licence if you’ve been banned from keeping a pet shop, or convicted of any other animal welfare offences.

If you have been refused a licence, you can appeal to the Magistrate's Court.

Renew your licence

You need to renew your animal boarding licence every January.

The renewal fee must be paid, even if, for example, you only applied for a new licence a month before.