Animal Licensing

Animal and Home Boarding Licences

Animal Boarding licence

The keeping and running of animal boarding establishments (Catteries and Kennels) is controlled by the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963.

Application for a licence must be made to the Local Authority and a licence may be issued subject to the applicant having no previous disqualifications.

The fee when applying to keep an animal boarding establishment is £227.00. If you have any variations to make to a current licence, there is a fee of £126.00.

To apply, renew or change a boarding establishment licence, please complete the following online forms 

Apply for a licence to keep a boarding establishment for animals Apply to renew a licence to keep a boarding establishment for animals

It is an offence to operate a boarding establishment without a licence from your Local Authority. If convicted of operating an establishment without a licence, you may be fined and disqualified from keeping an animal boarding establishment for such length of time the Court thinks fit.

Your right to appeal

Any person aggrieved by a refusal to be granted a licence or by any conditions to which a licence is subject may appeal to the Magistrates Courts who may give such directions regarding the licence or its conditions as it thinks proper.

Home Boarding Licence

A Home Boarding Licence is required by anyone providing boarding service in their own home for other people's dogs and is issued/renewed on an annually basis.

The fee for this application is £129.00.

Application for a Home Boarding Licence can be completed online. 

Apply for a licence to keep a home boarding establishment

We keep an up to date list of homeboarders that are registered with Braintree District Council.

It is an offence to operate a boarding establishment without a licence from your Local Authority. If convicted of operating an establishment without a licence, you may be fined and disqualified from keeping an animal boarding establishment for such length of time the Court thinks fit.

Your right to appeal

Any person aggrieved by a refusal to be granted a licence or by any conditions to which a licence is subject may appeal to the Magistrates Courts who may give such directions regarding the licence or its conditions as it thinks proper.