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Animal boarding


You will need an Animal Boarding Licence if you want to run a cattery or kennels in Maidstone.

Before applying for a licence you may also need to apply for planning permission to change the use of the property, so that it can be used for animal boarding. Check our planning pages for more information.

Who’s it for?

You can apply for a licence if you have never been disqualified from:

Apply for a licence

You will need to supply:

A copy of your Public Liability Insurance to the value of at least £1 million
A copy of your insurance covering the animals you intend to board
A detailed plan of your premises including all relevant features such as emergency access, any public areas, animal accommodation, exercise areas, water, electricity access and any storage areas.
A copy of your planning consents

We would also need to see a copy of your Employer’s Liability Insurance if you have people working for you.

Apply for a dangerous or wild animal licence

How long does it take

Applications take 30 days to process, with a pre-inspection visit taking place after 10 days. We will contact you within eight days of receiving the application to arrange the visit. A formal inspection will be arranged after the pre-inspection visit.

Renew my licence

You will need to renew your licence every year. You can renew your licence and online and will need to supply all of your supporting documents with the renewal.

Renew my licence

Make changes to my licence

If you need to change your licence:

You might not need to change your licence if you’re making small changes to the premises. Before making an application contact the licensing partnership team by emailing licensing@sevenoaks.gov.uk or call 01732 227004 and they will confirm whether you need to make a new application.

Change my licence

Licence fees

Number of Animals Cats OnlyDogs OnlyCats and Dogs
Up to 30 £185   
Up to 50  £360£295
31-60 £305  
51-90   £440
51-100  £450 
91-125   £580
126+   £630

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