Animal Boarding Establishments

The following activities being undertaken in the course of a business will require an 'Animal Activity Licence' under The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018:

  •  Providing boarding for cats
  •  Providing boarding in kennels for dogs
  •  Providing home boarding for dogs
  •  Providing day care for dogs

After applying for a licence an inspection will be completed by a Council Officer and, if necessary, a veterinary surgeon. If a veterinary inspection is required, you will have to pay for this.

During your inspection, you will be risk rated and given a star rating of 1-5. To achieve a higher star rating, you will need to meet higher standards. Your star rating will determine your licence length and licences can last from 1 to 3 years depending on the star rating achieved.  This is explained in further detail in the licence conditions and guidance relevant to your business:

To apply for an animal boarding licence, please follow the appropriate link below:

Completed application forms can be returned to the Council either via post or email.  In order for your application to be processed further, you must pay the appropriate fee as stated on our 'Application Forms & Fees' webpage.

For further information, please call 01268 882200 or email


Register of Licensed Commercial Boarding Premises in Castle Point:

Katz Kingdom Kattery - Bowerscroft, Ullswater Road, Benfleet, Essex, SS7 3JB

Northwick Boarding Kennels - Northwick Road, Canvey Island, Essex, SS8 0PY

Acres Way Kennels - Acres Way, Great Burches Road, Benfleet, Essex, SS7 3NE

Kitty's Cottage - Hill View, Windemere Road, Benfleet, Essex, SS7 3HX

Charlotte Olds - Canvey Island, Essex


Register of Licensed Home Boarding Premises in Castle Point:

Happy Pooch - Benfleet, Essex

Waggy Tails Pet Services - Hadleigh, Essex

Pads n Paws - Benfleet, Essex

Pawlas - Benfleet, Essex

Petstay - Benfleet, Essex

Wheatley Wood Doggie Day Care - Benfleet, Essex

Sandy's Pet Services - Benfleet, Essex

Mrs Heatlie - Canvey Island, Essex

Furry Faces - Benfleet, Essex

Muddy Pawz - Benfleet, Essex

Woodland Woofers Retreat - Hadleigh, Essex

Star Paws - Hadleigh, Essex

Lisa Radley - Hadleigh, Essex

Janice White - Canvey Island, Essex

Top Dog - Canvey Island, Essex

Dawn Smith - Benfleet, Essex