Animal Boarding

An Animal Boarding Establishment is defined as any premises (including a private house) used to carry on a business of providing accommodation for other people's animals (dogs and/or cats) and requires a licence.

Animal Boarding

To run a boarding kennel (including home boarding or dog day care) or a cattery, you need an Animal Boarding Establishment Licence (Animal Activity Licence) from the Local Authority. A licence is required to ensure good standards of animal welfare. The number of animals that may be accommodated will be specified on the licence along with other specific conditions.

Eligibility Criteria

An applicant must not be disqualified from any of the following:

  • Keeping an animal boarding establishment
  • Keeping a pet shop under the Pet Animals Act 1951
  • Keeping animals under the Protection of Animals (Amendment) Act 1954
  • Owning, keeping, being involved in the keeping or being entitled to control or influence the keeping of animals, dealing in animals or transporting or being involved in the transportation of animals under the Animals Welfare Act 2006


Our current licence application fee for an animal boarding establishment licence is £120.00.

Regulations Summary

Animal Welfare Act 2006

The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018

Application Evaluation Process

Once the application is received by the Council it will be forwarded to an appropriate officer to inspect the premises. The premises, facilities and management will be inspected to ensure they comply with the current animal boarding licence conditions.

Applications are then either approved with licence conditions, or refused.

The following criteria (and other relevant matters) will be considered when the application is being evaluated:

  • That the animals will be kept in suitable accommodation at all times. Suitable accommodation takes into account the construction and size of the accommodation, the number of animals to be housed in it, facilities for exercising the animals, cleanliness and temperature, lighting and ventilation provisions.
  • That suitable food, drink and bedding materials will be provided and that the animals are exercised and visited regularly.
  • That steps are taken to prevent and control the spread of disease among the animals and that isolation facilities are in place.
  • That adequate protection is provided to the animals in the case of fire and other emergencies.
  • That a register is kept. The register should contain a description of all animals received, their arrival and departure date and the name and address of the owner. The register should be available to be inspected at any time by a local authority officer, veterinary surgeon or practitioner.

Tacit Consent

We normally aim to have your application determined within twelve weeks of receipt of a valid and complete application. However, if we have been unable to determine your application in this time a licence will not be automatically granted due to animal welfare implications and therefore tacit consent does not apply.  This means you must wait for the Council to determine the application before any animal boarding activities can take place.

Failed Application Redress

Please contact the Licensing Team in the first instance if you have any concerns or issues.

If your licence has been refused, then you may appeal within 28 days, to the First-Tier Tribunal.

Licence Holder Redress

Please contact Licensing Services in the first instance. A licence holder who wishes to appeal against the star rating for their business can appeal to the Council.

Consumer Complaint

If you have any concerns regarding an animal boarding establishment in the East Lindsey District please contact the Licensing Team.

Animal Boarding Register

This Register is not currently available online but should you wish to see a copy please contact the Licensing Team using the contact details set out below:

The Licensing Team, East Lindsey District Council, Tedder Hall, Manby Park, Louth, Lincolnshire, LN11 8UP


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