Home Boarding and Day Care for Dogs
If you look after other people’s dogs, in your home, you will need, either
- a Home Boarding licence (if dogs are kept overnight),
- or a Doggy Day Care Licence (daytime only).
The council will carry out an inspection, and may also arrange a vet inspection which will be at an extra cost. You will be required to fulfil all the statutory guidance for complying with licensing standards and conditions.
Applicants must be over 18 years of age, and any person who will have control or management of the establishment, should not have been disqualified from:
- Keeping a pet shop
- Keeping a dog
- Keeping an animal boarding establishment
- Keeping a riding establishment
- Having custody of animals
The applicant, or any person who will have control or management of the establishment, must not have been disqualified or convicted of offences under the:
- Animal Welfare Act 2006
- Animal Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006
- Dangerous Dogs Act 1991
- Any other legislation listed in Schedule 8 of the LAIA Regulations 2018
Duration of a licence
The licence runs for one, two, or three years from the date of issue.
You will receive a one to five-star rating on your licence, with a five-star rating the highest possible award. The rating we give you will be an accurate reflection of the level of risk of your business, and the animal welfare standards you adopt.
Although these new rules on licensing came into force on 1 October 2018, your existing licence will run until it expires on 31 December 2018.
The licence is subject to a fee of £386.
Apply by post or in person:
Download, print and complete the Animal Boarding application form (pdf)
Payment can be made by phone 01322 343434 quoting Ref H1380 9451 VAT 8 or by cheque with the application form.
Return the completed form with payment to:
Dartford and Sevenoaks Environmental Health Partnership
Kent DA1 1DR