Although, the Animal Activities Licensing Regulation (October 2018) only applies to sitters in England at the moment; sitters in Scotland and Wales are required to be licensed by pre-existing regulation, The Animal Boarding Establishment Act 1963.
In the Scotland and Wales, Local Authorities require an individual wishing to run an animal boarding establishment to apply for an Animal Boarding Licence from their Local Authority. This legally binding requirement is clearly stated in our Terms & Conditions.
Please note: all sitters registered with DogBuddy are deemed to be self employed, and as such they are responsible for complying with the regulations of their Local Authority. As the process of issuing licences varies across the country, we always advise sitters to contact their Local Authority directly if they want to board dogs at their home, to receive accurate information on the local regulations.
If you are thinking about becoming a dog sitter, please take a moment to familiarise yourself with the requirements of your Local Authority and the costs of the licence.