To run a boarding kennel or cattery, including Home Boarding and Pet Sitting, you need a licence from the local authority. The number of dogs and cats that may be accommodated will be specified on the licence along with other specific conditions.
Anyone paid in any home to look after other people’s dogs will need to be licensed by West Lindsey District Council. Commercial boarding kennels have been legally required to hold a licence to look after people’s dogs, for many years. It is now popular for some households to offer this kind of accommodation, known as ‘Home Boarding’ or ‘Pet Sitting’. There is little difference between the service that a commercial kennels provides and what home boarders offer to dog owners. People acting as hosts for ‘Home Boarding’ will therefore be required to have a licence to operate. Home Boarding licences will last for 12 months and will need to be renewed each year.
The licence, when issued, will have a list of conditions attached to ensure the health, welfare and safety of the animals during their stay.
The application form, for an animal boarding licence can be downloaded and completed using the link at the top of this page
A local authority may authorise an officer, veterinary surgeon or practitioner to inspect licensed premises.
An applicant must not be disqualified from any of the following at the time of the application:
- 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.
Application Evaluation Process
Fees will be payable for applications and conditions may be attached.
The following criteria 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.
There is a charge for this application, please see our licence fees page.
Will Tacit Consent Apply?
Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the local authority by the end of the target completion period.
Failed Application Redress
Please contact us in the first instance. Any applicant who is refused a licence can appeal to their local Magistrates’ court.
Licence Holder Redress
Please contact us in the first instance. Any licence holder who wishes to appeal against a condition attached to their licence can appeal to their local Magistrates’ court.
We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form of a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.
Licensing registers are available to view, by prior arrangement at the council offices.
Application forms are also available by either contacting the Licensing Section using the details below or downloading a copy of the application form from the ‘Downloads’ tab.
West Lindsey District Council
Guildhall, Marshall's Yard