Licences for animal related businesses

Kennel and cattery licence

You need a licence to run a dog boarding kennels or a cattery. This is to ensure the welfare of the animals and the safety of the public. Newham Council is the licensing authority for kennels and catteries in Newham. You also require a licence to look after other people's dogs in your own home please refer to page 8 for information on home boarding licenses.

If you are interested in obtaining a kennel and or cattery licence, please email us at or telephone 020 8586 9739 for further information and an application.

Inspections of kennels and catteries

The London Borough of Newham will inspect your premises to ensure you can comply with all the general and specific conditions as required by Schedule 2 and Schedule 4 of The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018, before we agree to grant you a licence. We may also inspect at any time after we issue you with a licence as required by the Regulations.

The length and cost of the licence depends on the star rating you receive after inspection.

Renew a licence to run a kennels or cattery

If you already have a licence, we will write to you to tell you when you need to renew it.

If you are unsure if you require a licence please contact the animal welfare service before boarding any animals to prevent potential legal action being taken or a warning being issued as this may affect you being able to apply for a licence in the future