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Home Boarding

The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 replaces a number of pieces of legislation that previously covered the licensing of animals

One of the biggest changes to conditions will be to those who run home boarding for dogs. If you are a home boarder please read the guidance carefully to make sure you can comply with the conditions. 

The standard conditions, as well as the optional standards can be found in the statutory guidance for each licensable activity.  These guidance notes can be found here.

The bullets below set out a few things that have changed:

  • There must be a designated room, not including corridors or garages, per dog.
  • There must be at least two secure physical barriers between any dog and any entrance or exit available to it. Dogs must have direct access to a secure, non-communal external area.
  • The home boarding establishment must have a trained licence holder in place, and any staff must also be trained. You should have written policies and procedures in place.
  • It is not recommended that any cats are present in the house if you are home boarding.
  • Home boarding of cats is not permitted.


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