Apply for a licence to run kennels or a cattery
You can apply for a licence online:
Application fee for a licence
There is a fee of £295 when you apply for a licence. You can find information about how to pay the fee on the online application form.
Inspections of kennels and catteries
We will inspect your premises before we agree to give you a licence. We may also inspect at any time after we give you a licence. As part of the inspection we will check that the animals you look after are:
- kept in a suitable place
- given enough food, drink and bedding
- regularly exercised
- protected in an emergency
- protected from disease – this includes somewhere for infected animals to be kept apart from the others if necessary.
You will also need to keep a register, which should be available for inspection. It should describe all the animals you have kept, the dates they arrived and left, and the names and addresses of their owners. We may also add other conditions to a licence. The licence lasts for one year.
Renew a licence to run kennels or catteries
If you already have a licence, we will write to you to tell you when you need to renew it. We will send you a form to fill in, or you can use the online form on this page. Send the form to us with your payment.
It is your responsibility to make sure that you have a current licence.
You could get a fine of up to £500 or three months in prison, or both, if you run a kennel, cattery or other place to board animals without a licence, or if you don’t follow the conditions of a licence.
Contact the Animal Welfare Team
You can contact the Animal Welfare Team by email
or call 020 8586 9739.