Apply for a licence to board dogs or cats

Find out how to apply for a licence to board dogs or cats and the documents you need.

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 day care
  • domestic dog boarding

Make sure you choose the right option for your business on the application form.

Licence type Fees to pay
Animal boarding £199.65 to apply (non-refundable) and a further £290.40 if the licence is granted. You'll also need to pay any vets fees.
Dog day care £151.25 to apply (non-refundable) and a further £187.55 if the licence is granted. You'll also need to pay any vets fees.
Domestic dog boarding £151.25 to apply (non-refundable) and a further £187.55 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 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
  • send a cheque made payable to Canterbury City Council

Apply for a licence to board dogs or cats

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

Granted cattery licences 2024

Granted cattery licences 2024
Premises and licensee Postcode area Contact numbers Licensed for Star rating
Rainbows End (Mrs Cleal) CT6 07946464232 46 cats 3
Penny Lane (Mrs J Emptage) CT5 07856041101 24 cats 3
Kopperkins (Mrs S Eager) CT5 01227 277672 26 cats 3
Cromwell Cottage (Mrs S Radmore) CT6 01227 375400 54 cats 3
Pilgrims Lane (Mr C Spooner) CT5 07918716176 12 cats 3
The Cattery (Mr D White) CT6 07914 867577 44 cats 3
Hilltops (Mrs A Davies) CT6 07768 158336 40 cats 3
Swalecliffe Cattery (Ms M Patterson) CT5 07834 688675 21 cats 2

Granted dog boarding licences

Granted dog boarding licences
Premises and licensee Type Postcode area Contact numbers
Acorn Pet Services Home Boarding CT2 07803000078
Barking Days Hersden Home Boarding CT3 07815 596170
Barking Days Sturry Home boarding CT2 07554 383652
Claire Tabony Home Boarding CT2 07736233344
Claws Indoors Home boarding CT6 07990974202
Daniels Pet Care Home boarding CT4 07809768108
Handy Pet Services Home boarding CT2 07907149775
Happy Paws Home boarding CT5 07824531665
Leading Dogs Home boarding CT6 07802855716
In Good Company Home boarding CT5 07939 098 357
Jenkins Canine Services Home boarding CT5 07921130049
Milo and Co Home boarding CT5 07595 729101
Muddy Pups Home boarding CT2 07906536810
Paws at Home Home boarding CT6 07502 271267
Red Lion Canines Home boarding CT5 07856170627
Whitstable Pet Sitting Home boarding CT5 07941572474
We Love Pets Franchises CT3 07840 544140
Barking Mad (franchise with hosts) Franchises CT6 01227 749737
K 9 Kindergarten Day care CT2 01227 272220
Kylemore Farm Kennels CT4 01227 832045
Pet Lodge Kennels CT5 01227 281827