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Boarding for cats and dogs

To run a boarding kennel or cattery, home boarding for dogs or dog day care, you need a licence from the Council.

The number of cats and dogs that may be accommodated will be specified on the licence along with statutory conditions. A local authority may authorise an officer, veterinary surgeon, or practitioner to inspect licensed premises.

Eligibility criteria of persons who may not apply for a licence can be found in the Animal Licensing overview.

How to apply

You must complete and return the Animal Boarding Establishment licence application forms Parts A and B below:

The application forms can be submitted by email to or by post using the following address:

The Licensing Department
North Herts Council
PO Box 10613

Costs and payment

A full list of fees for boarding establishments and day care are set out in the Licensing fees and charges. If you business is dual functioned then the fee will be a combination of all listed applicable fees.

You can pay for your application using our online payment portal:

Application process and guidance notes

Once an application has been received and payment has been made, an authorised officer will inspect the proposed premises to determine if it a suitable environment to be licensed and meets the licence conditions.

The conditions that will be attached to the licence are set out in the relevant guidance. Additional conditions can also be attached to the licence if deemed necessary. Please ensure that you read the guidance specific to your business before making an application.

We aim to make a decision on an application within 10 weeks of receiving it. It is possible that the process may take longer, for example if further information is required from the applicant or if it proves difficult to make the arrangements for the inspection.