North East Lincolnshire Council

Animal welfare licence


COVID-19 guidance

Dog Walkers and Licensed Animal Boarders are still permitted to provide their services to key workers and vulnerable people only.

These key workers and vulnerable people should only be those defined within Government guidance and  social distancing guidance also needs to be adhered to.

Before taking on the care of a dog, businesses should conduct the proper risk assessments, taking into consider walks and other tasks.

Animal welfare licence

All animals and pets should receive proper care.

From 1 October 2018, a person or business running under one the following must have an animal welfare licence:

  • sell animals as pets or to a pet shop
  • provide home boarding or day care to cats and dogs
  • hire horses or donkeys out
  • breed dogs for 3 or more litters in 12 months
  • display animals or train animals for shows

We may check your premises before giving you a licence, you will need to prove that animals in your care are kept in suitable accommodation, have enough food, water and bedding, regularly exercised, safeguarded and protected from any infectious diseases.


Fees are for a 3 years licence depending on the premises achieving a 5 star rating. Any premises which fail to meet the 5 star standard will pay the same fee but will only receive a 1 or 2 years licence.

Animal establishment type


Selling animals as pets licence £391
Riding establishment licence £488
Home boarding licence £374
Animal boarding (kennel and cattery) £400
Day care for cats and dogs £356
Dog breeding licence £488
Keeping animals for display or training for shows £374

Animal welfare register

View the list of local people and businesses who’re licenced under The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018.