Home boarding licence

Information about animal home boarding licences.

How do I know who holds an animal boarding licence?

Details of current licence holders for home boarding can be seen on our animal boarding public registers.

You can read further details on our licensing news flash page.

Do I need a licence to board animals at home?

If you want to board dogs you will require an animals activity licence. 

If you are unsure whether you require a licence please contact us using the email address below:

Email: licensing@eastriding.gov.uk

How do I apply for a home boarding licence?

To home-board dogs, you will require an animal activities licence. The accommodation and care provided for dogs does not need to include overnight accommodation to require a licence. 

How to apply

If you wish to apply for a home boarding licence you will need to complete the online application form below, 

Apply online for an animal activities licence 

Alternatively you can complete the hard copy below and submit it by email to:

Email: licensing@eastriding.gov.uk

Application for an animal boarding licence (word 185kb)

Your application must be submitted along with all required supporting documents. Applications without supporting documents will not be accepted. 


Once you have submitted your complete application you will be contacted by a licensing officer, who will arrange to visit and inspect your home.

If you meet all the requirements, your licence will be granted and forwarded in due course within 10 weeks of a completed application been made:

In order to be granted a licence, you will need to be able to comply with the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) England Regulations 2018.

Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) England Regulations 2018 (pdf 5mb) 

Guidance for the home boarding of dogs (pdf 598kb)

If you are unable to meet the requirements for a licence, the officer will arrange to revisit you when you have done additional work on your home.

Tacit consent does not apply to this application, meaning that your application will not be automatically granted after a specified period of time. Each application must be considered on its own merits. 


Animal Activities licence fees November 2019 (pdf 56kb)

How can I pay for a home boarding licence?

You can pay by credit/debit card by telephone.

Tel: (01482) 396297

How do I renew a home boarding licence?

You will need to renew your licence before 31 December 2019, or if granted after January 2019 before your current licence expires. 

You should apply to renew your licence 10 weeks prior to its expiry. 

You can now apply online to renew your home boarding licence

Please note, the form will require payment at the end, if you fail to make payment the form will not go through to the licensing team. 

Apply online to renew a home boarding licence

What other permissions may I need?

If you are applying for an animal boarding licence you may also need to contact planning and business rates in relation to the use of your home for a business.

Who regulates animal boarding establishments?

The licensing team is responsible for the licensing and compliance of animal welfare licensing. 

If you have concerns about premises operating under a licence, have a complaint or would like to report a business that you are concerned are operating without a licence you can contact us online.

Alternatively, you can email the licensing team: 

Email: licensing@eastriding.gov.uk

Please ensure you provide as much information as you can to help us.

You will be required to give your name and contact details so that we can ensure that the complaint is genuine.

Your details will be kept confidential and will not be disclosed unless the investigation results in a prosecution at which stage your details would have to be disclosed.

What happens if I do not apply for an animal boarding licence?

If you board dogs, providing them with accommodation, you will require an animals activities licence. 

If you are found to be operating without a licence you may be prosecuted.