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Licences: kennels and catteries

You need a licence to run kennels or a cattery, or to look after other people's animals in your own home. The council is the licensing authority. 
Young dog in kennels

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 £350 when you apply for a licence.

After you submit form, make a note of the reference number and write it on the back of a cheque payable to the London Borough of Newham.

Send your cheque to:
Animal Welfare
Central Depot
Folkestone Road
E6 4BX

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.

To renew your licence, fill in our online application form. After you submit the form send your payment.
It is your responsibility to make sure that you have a current licence.
You could be prosecuted 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

For information or advice fill in our online enquiry form. You can also report a licensing problem online.

Alternatively, call 020 8586 9739.
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