The application process varies for each local authority but in general there are three steps involved in a license application.
Step 1: Submit of all the required documentation
In order to submit an application for a Dog Boarding or Dog Day Care licence, you’ll be required to submit an application form (which can often be found on the website of your local authority) and proof of Public Liability Insurance. This is required in case the guest dogs should harm a member of the public or other third party
DogBuddy offers Public Liability Insurance which covers all your DogBuddy bookings but please note that it doesn’t cover any resident dogs or dogs that are not boarded through DogBuddy.
Step 2: Pay for the application
The cost of the application varies by local authority and you can see indicative prices here.
Step 3: Pass an in person home visit
As a final step, your local authority will send a registered Animal Officer to your home to make sure that it is safe for Dog Home Boarding and Day Care. In this visit they will typically check for things like:
- A suitable diet (e.g., access to appropriate food and water)
- Ensuring that the animal exhibits normal behavior patterns (e.g., the dog is able to exercise as normal, and is eating and drinking as normal, has access to appropriate toys and stimulus)
- A suitable environment (e.g., access to outdoor space, secure fencing in gardens)
- Housing with or without other animals (e.g., if multiple dogs are boarded at once, you should feed them separately)
- Protection from suffering, disease and injury (e.g., the ability to separate different dogs into different rooms to prevent spread of disease)
If you need any help or advice in preparing your application for a license, we are more than happy to help. You can read more on preparing for your house visit here or contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org for support.
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.