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Animal Boarding and Home Boarding Licences

Apply for an Animal Boarding or Home Boarding Licence.

If you run a business that provides accommodation for other people's animals, even if it's in your own home, then you will need a licence.

Apply for a licence

To apply for your annual Animal Boarding or Home Boarding licence, you will need to send us the following documents:

Documents may be submitted by post or emailed to hccs@guildford.gov.uk. We regret that we cannot accept photographs of documents, only clear scans.

  • Animal Boarding - £231.00
  • Home Boarding - £231.00

Fees are payable by cheque or card over the phone. All cheques should be made payable to Guildford Borough Council. 

Please note that this licence will always expire on the 31 December each year regardless of your application date.

Planning permission

You should be aware of local planning requirements regarding the proposed use of the premises. We advise that you enter early talks with the planning authority before construction of any part of the building that may be subject to planning restriction.

Inspection

Once we've received your application, the Dog Warden will arrange for an inspection, to ensure the welfare of the animals and to make sure accommodation is suitable. You should anticipate a visit shortly after your application is submitted.

Renew a licence

To run a boarding establishment, you must have a current licence. To renew this licence, please send us:

Documents may be submitted by post or emailed to hccs@guildford.gov.uk. We regret that we cannot accept photographs of documents, only clear scans.

  • Animal Boarding - £207.00
  • Home Boarding - £207.00

You will be sent a reminder several months before the expiry of your licence. If you do not wish to renew, please tell us in writing.

Your premises does not require an inspection before the issue of a renewed licence. An inspection will be carried out during the course of the year.

Approval of licence

We will aim to respond to your application as soon as possible. If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please get in contact. We must process your application before the licence can be granted so Tacit Consent does not apply.