The new legislation doesn’t require you to hold a licence to offer dog walking services, or to care for dogs in their owners’ home. Therefore sitters who do not hold a licence will not be automatically rejected.
Additionally you may not require a licence if you are not operating commercially. DEFRA gives the following guidance when defining commercial operations: “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.”
As outlined in our Terms and Conditions, you’re solely responsible for checking whether you need a licence and can legally advertise your dog boarding or dog day care services on the platform.
If we are made aware that you are operating illegally or without the required documentation, we will take action to correct this. This action may include limiting or rejecting your listing, reducing the services you can offer, cancelling upcoming bookings, or other action that we deem appropriate given the circumstances.