Chelmsford City Council


Make your application

You will need an animal boarding licence if you:

  • run a boarding cattery

  • run a boarding kennel

  • look after other people's dogs in your own home (as a home boarder)

To apply for an animal boarding licence, you will need to:

  • complete the application form

  • pay the correct fee

The fees are:

  • £196.50 for boarding catteries and kennels

  • £98.40 for home boarders

Once we receive your application, we will notify you of our decision within three months.

We will only grant your licence if you comply with all objectives and conditions. You can download and view the conditions for:

If we need a veterinary inspection of your establishment as part of the application process, you will have to pay for the inspection.

If we do not grant your licence, we will not refund your licence fee or any veterinary inspection charges. 


Renew your licence

Make your renewal

Your licence is valid from 1 January to 31 December, regardless of when we grant it. You need to renew your licence every year, before your current licence expires.

We will only make changes to the licence conditions when you renew your licence, and not mid-term.

The renewal fee is:

  • £180.20 for boarding catteries and kennels

  • £87.40 for home boarders

Once we receive your renewal application, we will inspect your premises then notify you of our decision.


Fines and penalties

If you board animals without a licence or don't follow the conditions of your licence, you could receive a:

  • fine of up to £500

  • prison sentence of up to three months

  • fine and a prison sentence

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