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Apply for an animal licence

Animal boarding

If you run a business which provides accommodation to other people's cats or dogs, you need an animal boarding licence. Boarding licences are split into three categories:

  • Animal boarding
  • Dog daycare
  • Domestic dog boarding

Make sure you choose the right option on the application form.

Licence fees

Licence type Fees to pay
Animal boarding £155 to apply (non-refundable) and a further £230 if the licence is granted. You'll also need to pay any vets fees.
Dog daycare £115 to apply (non-refundable) and a further £145 if the licence is granted. You'll also need to pay any vets fees.
Domestic dog boarding £115 to apply (non-refundable) and a further £145 if the licence is granted.

As part of your application you'll need to submit copies of the following:

  • plan of the premises
  • operating procedures
  • insurance policy
  • risk assessments (including fire)
  • qualification and training records
  • infection control procedure

You'll need to return your form and supporting documents to [email protected]. You can also email the team if you have any questions before applying.

To pay the application fee you can:

  • call 01227 862 427 to make a phone payment or 
  • send a cheque made payable to Canterbury City Council. 

Apply for an animal boarding licence

Download an application for an animal boarding licence

Licences are valid for one to three years, based on a risk rating we award each licence holder.