Animal boarding establishment licence

Anyone who runs a boarding kennel or cattery (day care and/or overnight stays) must have a licence from their local authority.

An animal boarding establishment is a business that provides accommodation for other people’s dogs or cats.

The licence needs to be renewed every year.

You still need to apply for a licence even if you’re only looking after a small number of animals in your own home.

Make an application

Information on how to apply for a licence, including fees and how we make a decision on whether to grant an application.

When is a licence granted?

We inspect all new premises before a licence is granted. We may request a vet to visit the premises.

We will issue a licence when we are satisfied that the licence holder is suitable and animals are kept in a safe, clean environment with adequate food, drink, bedding and exercise facilities. For more information on our criteria for issuing animal boarding establishment licences, visit our licence application page.

Once a licence is granted an annual, bi-annual or more frequent inspection will be carried out depending on risk.

Animal boarding establishments licensed in Cheltenham

There are several animal boarding establishments currently licensed in Cheltenham borough including home boarders.

Concerns about animal boarding establishments in Cheltenham

Please contact us with details of the premises involved.  Clearly state your concerns and your reason for them.  All matters of concern will be investigated. For other animal welfare complaints see who is responsible in animal welfare.

Further reading and relevant legislation