If you are operating a home boarding or ‘dog sitting’ service within the city of Southampton, you require a licence
from Southampton City Council.
The Animal Boarding Establishment Act 1963 requires Southampton City Council to charge a fee
as part of the application which is currently £35.50
Please note that if a sitter is paid to care for dogs in the dog owner’s home then there is no licence requirement. A licence is valid from the date of issue until the end of the year to which it relates to. Licence renewals are valid from the 1st January or the date the application is received, which ever is later.