Running a business for looking after cats and dogs is controlled by the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963.

A licence for this lasts 12 months and will have a list of conditions attached to ensure the health, welfare and safety of the animal during its stay.

People who are paid to look after dogs in their own homes while the pet’s owners are away will need to be licensed by the council from April 1st, 2012.

Since 1963, commercial boarding kennels and catteries in the United Kingdom have been legally required to hold a licence to look after people’s dogs and cats whilst the owners go on holiday. An alternative to this kind of accommodation, known as ‘Home Boarding’ or ‘Pet Sitting’, has become nationally popular over the last few years.

The council believes that, in legal terms, there is little difference between the service that a commercial kennels provides and what home boarders offer to dog owners and that people acting as hosts for ‘home boarding’ will therefore be required to have a licence to operate as such.

Applications for an animal boarding licence can be made using the Animal Boarding Establishment application form (PDF File, 300kb) and returning it to Environmental Health, Newark and Sherwood District Council, Kelham Hall, Kelham, Nottinghamshire, NG23 5QX. The correct payment must be enclosed.

The current fee for a new Animal Boarding Establishment licence is £153 + vet fee and £107 for a renewal licence. The current fee for a Home Boarding licence is £66, additional £15 per host family. 

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