AAL/How to - Dog Daycare, Dog Boarding, Pet Sitting

Do I need a license for dog home boarding

Yes you do. Just like if you managed a kennel, you do need an animal boarding licence which is issued by your local council.

There has recently been a significant change to the Animal Activity Licensing (AAL) Regulations 2018.  This new legislation considers the varying types of businesses that have arisen in response to changes in pet owner attitudes and lifestyles and includes dog boarding and dog day care businesses. The new Regulations sit under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and apply in England only.


How many dogs can you have in a doggie daycare?

This will depend on the size and layout of the premises, the type of dogs you will be taking care of and the qualifications and experience of the staff.

Generally, the ratio of staff to dogs in an established doggie daycare will be around 1:5.


Do I need a license for starting a doggie daycare business?

Yes, you do.

Every dog day care business in England requires a license, this is issued by the local authority.


Do I need a license for pet sitting?

If you are sitting pets privately or as a hobby you don't need a licence.


How do I start a dog boarding business?

Starting a dog boarding business is no different to any other. Treat it just like you would any other investment of your time and money.

Know the commitment you will need to make, the various licensing laws and requirements you will need to fulfil and having extensive liability and insurance should things not go as planned.


How much does a dog boarding Licence cost and how long does it take?

This is determined by your council and local authority and starts from about £70 for the year for a dog only license.

For cats and dogs combined, the licensing cost will go higher in the region of £250 - £300.

The whole process usually takes no more than 3-4 weeks.

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AAL / How to - cattery

Do you need a planning permission for a cattery?

Do you need licenses to run a cattery?

How much space do you need to run a cattery?

How much does a cattery cost?

How to start a cattery


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