It has been brought to our attention that not all of you are fully aware that you may need a premises Licence in order to board animals in your home from your local council. Please read the questions and answers below:
- Q: What is a premises licence?
- A: A premises licence is required if you board 1 or more pets in your home..
- Q: So, I don’t need one if I house sit or just offer dog walking?
- A: No you don’t. A premises licence is only necessary if you board animals in your home.
- Q: How do I go about getting a licence?
- A: You will need to contact your local council. Please follow this link: https://www.gov.uk/animal-boarding-establishment-licence
- Q: How much does it cost?
- A: A premises licence varies from county to county and so does the price. On average, expect to pay £100-£150 annually. Please note that the licence lasts up until 31st of december no matter what time of the year you purchased the licence.
- Q: I’m struggling to understand how to apply for my licence and I’m confused by all of the fees.
- A: Follow the link provided and then type in your postcode. You will then be taken to a page that lets you download the application form for your area with a price list. If it all looks too confusing still, call the phone number provided for the local council in your area.
- Q: Do I really have to have a licence? I don’t board that often.
- A: I’m afraid it is a legal requirement to have a licence whether you run your own business from home or work for another company. The licence is to check your premises is secure to look after someones pet. Note that a licence is only needed when you are getting paid for pet boarding in your home.
- Q: What sort of things will they be looking out for?
- A: Don’t worry, it’s nothing to be too alarmed about…. the sort of things they will be checking is that your home and garden is completely secure, you have a fire alarm, you keep a log book of every animal you look after along with their local vets number etc… It’s a health and safety check of your home and also for them to meet you in person. It’s for the welfare of the animal you are looking after. You can access the councils full list of requirements here: https://www.gov.uk/animal-boarding-establishment-licence
Keep your little visitors safe, secure and their owners happy!