Apply for a boarding kennel or cattery licence



You need a licence to run a boarding kennel or cattery in Waltham Forest.

If you have concerns about animal welfare or behaviour, or you want to make an enquiry about animal licensing please use our animal advice or licensing enquiry form.


An applicant must not be disqualified from any of the following at the time of the application:

  • keeping an animal boarding establishment
  • keeping a pet shop under the Pet Animals Act 1951
  • keeping animals under the Protection of Animals (Amendment) Act 1954
  • owning, keeping, being involved in the keeping or being entitled to control or influence the keeping of animals, dealing in animals or transporting or being involved in the transportation of animals under the Animals Welfare Act 2006

Evaluation criteria and licence conditions

We consider the following criteria when we evaluate applications:

  • that the animals will be kept in suitable accommodation at all times (suitable accommodation takes into account the construction and size of the accommodation, the number of animals to be housed in it, facilities for exercising the animals, cleanliness and temperature, lighting and ventilation provisions
  • that suitable food, drink and bedding materials will be provided and that the animals are exercised and visited regularly
  • that steps are taken to prevent and control the spread of disease among the animals and that isolation facilities are in place
  • that adequate protection is provided to the animals in the case of fire and other emergencies
  • that a register is kept (register should contain a description of all animals received, their arrival and departure date and the name and address of the owner, and should be available to be inspected at any time by a local authority officer, veterinary surgeon or practitioner)

Conditions may be attached to your licence, such as the number of cats and dogs that may be accommodated. 

See a summary of the regulation relating to this licence.

Fees and how to apply Click to get info

To apply

Boarding kennel and cattery licences are issued by us.

Please email us at: Include your name, address and other contact details.

An officer will contact you to explain the application process. 


Fees are based on your licence requirements. Our officer will be able to advise you. 

Please email us at:

Please include:

  • your name
  • address
  • other contact details
  • details of the licence you want to renew or change

An officer will contact you. 


Fees are based on your licence requirements. Our officer will be able to advise you. 

Will tacit consent apply? Click to get info

Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if no representations have been received within 28 days of submitting your application.

If your application fails Click to get info

Please contact us.

If you are refused a licence, you can appeal to your local Magistrates' Court.

Licence holder redress Click to get info

Please contact us.

Any licence holder who wishes to appeal against a condition attached to their licence can appeal to their local Magistrates' Court.

You can also speak to the Dog Team about other complaints relating to another aspect of the operation, such as noise, pollution or public health.

If you don't have access to a computer, you can visit a Library Plus branch where you can use a self-service PC to log your request. Staff are available to support you if you need it.​​​​​​​

Contact Click to get info

Dog Team

Phone: 020 8496 3000 (please ask for the Dog Team)