Animal welfare licensing

The following are licensed or registered by the commercial services team:

  • Animal boarding establishments;
  • Dangerous wild animals;
  • Dog breeding;
  • Pet shops;
  • Riding establishments;
  • Performing animals;
  • Zoos.

Officers inspect the majority of these premises annually, some with an accompanying veterinary surgeon depending on the licence type, to ensure that they comply with licence conditions. Warrants from the court could be applied for to gain access to unlicensed premises.

The licence conditions and standards relate to structure, safety, security, infectious disease control, and the suitability of the licence holder. The aim is to:

  • Ensure minimum standards of welfare for animals.
  • Prevent the spread of disease.
  • Ensure the safety of the public visiting these premises.

Periodic inspections are carried out to confirm standards are maintained, and in response to complaints received. Our advice to anyone using these premises is always:

  • Check they are licensed by the council, and ask to see the current licence.
  • Inspect the premises prior to leaving your pet, buying an animal, or taking a riding lesson.
  • Ensure that riding schools have current public liability insurance.

Information and guidance on the standards required for an Animal Activity Licence may be found in the Procedural Guidance and Sector Guidance documents.

Any complaints in respect of animal cruelty should be directed to the RSPCA.

Details of licenced establishments are maintained on our animal welfare register below.

Licence fees are required on application and in some cases payment of vet’s fees are also required. Licences run for varying amounts of time depending upon the type of establishment. Licence fees will be invoiced following receipt of the application and vet's fees, as necessary, will be recharged to the business following the licence inspection. See our fees and charges page for current costs.

Licences may be refused, cancelled or revoked. The courts may disqualify applicants from holding an animal license for a set period of time if:

  • The applicant is under 18.
  • The applicant has been disqualified from holding an animal license or keeping an animal.
  • Conditions of the licence are not met.

If you would like to apply for an application form or if you have an enquiry or complaint about animal welfare licensing, please contact us using our online form. 

Animal welfare register

These are details of licenced establishments that are maintained on our animal welfare register, last updated Tuesday 19 July 2022.

Licence type and number Name and address of premises Type and number of animals Star rating
Animal Boarding  : No.001AB Old Beams Kennels and Cattery, Forest Green Road, Holyport, Berks. SL6 2NN 60 dogs and 50 cats 1
Animal Boarding : No.003AB Heathrow Boarding Kennels & Cattery 6-7 Park Lane, Horton, SL3 9PR 36 dogs and 14 cats 3
Animal Boarding : No.004AB Banham Farm Cattery, Banham Farm, Forest Green Road, Fifield, Maidenhead, Berks, SL6 2NR 75 cats 3
Animal Boarding : No.009AB The Tarbay Centre, Tarbay Lane, Oakley Green, Windsor, SL4 4QG 64 dogs and 52 cats 5
Animal Boarding :   
No. 011AB
Little Jem Cattery, 1 Truro Close, Maidenhead, SL6 5JG 12 cats 2
Dog Breeder : No.002BR Chelsea Chihuahua, 18 Garson Lane, Wraysbury, Staines, TW19 5JF Up to 11 adult dogs + 12 puppies (Chihuahuas) at any one time 2
Dog Breeder : No.003BR John Torrid Farm, Beenhams Heath, Shurlock Row, Reading, RG1 0QQ 5 dogs (4 Bitches and 1 Stud) 2
Dangerous Wild Animals : No.001DW Lakeview Monkey Sanctuary                                    32 monkeys (1 Weeper capuchin, 1 Black capped capuchin, 1 Grivet monkey,  1Green Monkey, 4 Hamadryas baboon, 10 Ring tailed lemur, 1 Rhesus x crab eating macaque hybrid, 7 Crab eating macaque, 6 Rhesus macaque) N/A
Pet Shop : No.001PS Pets at Home Ltd., Unit 3, Stafferton Way Retail park, Stafferton Way, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 1AY Tropical and Cold-Water Fish, Rabbits and Cavies, Hamsters, Gerbils, Rats, Chinchillas. 3
Pet Shop : No.003PS Heathrow Bird Centre, Rosendale Gardens, Staines Road, Wraysbury, TW19 5AG Rabbits, Guinea pigs, Hamsters and small birds 3
Pet Shop : No.004PS Coralz Ltd, Unit 33, Lindores Road, Holyport, SL6 2LU Live Corals 2
Riding Establishment : No.003RE Wayside Stables, 60 Fifield Road, Fifield, Maidenhead SL6 2PG 17 Horses 5
Riding Establishment : No.004RE BCA Riding School, Berkshire College of Agriculture, Hall Place, Burchetts Green, Maidenhead SL6 6QR 26 Horses 5
Riding Establishment : No.005RE Banstock House Riding School, Banstock, Cherry Garden lane, Maidenhead SL6 3QD 5 Horses 1
Riding Establishment : No.008RE Julia Luke, Fifield Polo Club, Oakley Green Road, Fifield, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 4QF 30 Horses maximum 3
Riding Establishment : No.011RE Coworth Park Riding School @ Coworth Park Hotel, Coworth Park, London Road, Sunninghill, Ascot SL5 7SE 13 Horses 5
Riding Establishment : No.014RE Windsor Horse Rangers, Hedgerows, Banham Farm, Forest Green Road, Fifield, Maidenhead, SL6 2NR 23 Horses 3
Riding Establishment : No.015RE Twyford polo, Park Farmhouse, Haines Hill, The Straight Mile, Shurlock Row, Reading, RG10 0NF 30 Horses 4
Riding Establishment : No.016RE The Little Pony Club, Viners, West end lane, west End, RG10 0NJ 8 Horses 5
Riding Establishment : No.018RE Fritazzi Polo, Glebeland Farm, Drift Road, Maidenhead, SL6 3ST 30 Horses 4
Zoo : Exempted Ray Mill Island Aviary, Ray Mill Gardens Off Boulters Lock Island, Maidenhead, SL6 8PE Guinea Pigs and Birds N/A
Zoo : No.001ZO LEGO CITY Deep Sea Adventure, Legoland, Winkfield Road, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 4AY Marine Sea Life N/A
Zoo : No.002ZO BCA Animal Centre, Berkshire College of Agriculture, Hall Place, Burchetts Green, Maidenhead SL6 6QR Small mammals, amphibians, fish, reptiles and birds. N/A
Performing Animal : No.004PA Basil and Crew, Patches Acre, Breadcroft Lane, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 3QF 3 Shetland pony, 3 Donkey, 6 Goat, 8 Sheep, 8 Duck, 36 Chicken, 11 Rabbits, 16 Guinea pig. N/A
Performing Animal : No.005PA Casting horses, Oakley Green Road, Fifield, Windsor, SL4 4PZ 6 Horses N/A
Performing Animal : No.006PA Heroes Berkshire, Heroes Farm, Bartletts Lane, Holyport, Maidenhead.SL6 2JD       6 Horse, 3 Goat, 5 Chicken, 12 Duck, 15 Rabbit. N/A
Dog Home Boarding  : No.002HB Bertie and Friends, Maidenhead 7 Dogs (6 boarding + 1 resident) 5
Dog Home Boarding : No.003HB Hound Love, Maidenhead 5 Dogs (3 boarding + 2 resident) 2
Dog Home Boarding : RBWM/046/2020 Scruffs, Maidenhead 6 Dogs (5 boarding + 1 resident) 4
Dog Home Boarding : RBWM/066/2020 Suzanne Davis Dog Boarding, Sunninghill 5 Dogs (4 boarding + 1 resident) 2
Dog Home Boarding : RBWM/035/2020 Celia Pits, Mucky Paws, Sunninghill 5 Dogs (4 boarding + 1 resident) 2
Dog Home Boarding : RBWM/004/2020 We Will Walk U, Maidenhead 11 Dogs (10 boarding + 1 resident) 2
Dog Home Boarding : RBWM/092/2020 Paws of Windsor, Windsor 13 Dogs (12 boarding + 1 resident) 2
Dog Home Boarding  : RBWM/093/2020 Shelley Hayman, Sunninghill 5 Dogs (3 boarding + 2 resident) 2
Dog Home Boarding : RBWM/059/2020 Dogology Ltd, Maidenhead 6 Dogs (0 resident) 2
Dog Home Boarding : RBWM/097/2020 Fur B&B, Maidenhead 8 Dogs (6 boarding + 2 resident) 4
Dog Home Boarding : RBWM/053/2020 Datchet Dog Walking, Maidenhead 8 Dogs (6 boarding + 2 resident) 2
Dog Home Boarding : RBWM/077/2021 Speedie Paws, Eton Wick 9 Dogs (6 boarding + 3 resident) 4
Dog Home Boarding : No.001HB Creature Comforts Pet Care, Maidenhead 8 Dogs (0 resident) 4
Dog Home Boarding : No.005HB Home From Home Marias Doggie B&B, Maidenhead 4 Dogs (0 resident) 2
Dog Home Boarding : No.006HB K9 HFM, Maidenhead 5 Dogs (4 boarding + 1 resident) 2
Dog Day Care : No.001DC Bruce's Doggy Day Care, Lower Mount Farm, Long Lane, Cookham, Maidenhead, SL6 9EE 86 Dogs 4
Dog Home Boarding : No.007HB Pooches "n" PJ's, Maidenhead 4 Dogs (3 Boarding + 1 resident) 2
Dog Home Boarding : No.009HB Just Pawz, Ascot 8 Dogs (5 Boarding + 1 resident) 2
Dog Home Boarding : No.010HB Bow-Wow's B & B, Maidenhead 5 Dogs (0 resident)