The Animal Activities Licensing Regulations 2018 require all dog sitters who meet the following criteria hold a valid Dog Boarding and Dog Day Care licence to operate:
- The dog sitter operates in England
- The dog sitter offers either overnight boarding or day care services in their home.
- The dog sitter is running a business or operating on a commercial basis.
It is the responsibility of the Local Authority to determine which sitters are operating on a commercial basis. The guidance released by DEFRA says: “The Government announced in Budget 2016 a new allowance of £1,000 for trading income from April 2017. Anyone falling under this threshold would not need to be considered in the context of determining whether they are a business.”
The new legislation doesn’t require you to hold a licence to offer dog walking services.