• Site location plan usually scales 1:1250 or 1:2500.
  • Two named roads at least and how many buildings are present. Recommend land registry plans if you do not want to hire an architect.
  • Your Site needs to be lined in red. Blue line around any other land or property you own. Must show all works you plan to carry out.
  • Location Plan of the site clearly showing north, access arrangements, any public rights of way, position of trees scale 1:500 or 1:200. Introductory letter, explaining in simple terms what you are planning to do and why.
  • Design and access statement to include:
    • Disposal of Dog Faeces
    • Noise Levels. (Noise assessment is around £1500 and you may need to put up an acoustic fence if requested)
    • Fence height if over 6ft, plans of elevations 1:50 or 1:100
    • Access design
    • Describe any change in scenery
    • Statement of business
  • Transport statement
    • Access Rights
    • Visibility Splay
    • Traffic Predicted
    • Other access options, bus, walking
  • Wildlife report
  • Near a flood zone or river – flood report and drainage report
  • Public Liability Insurance will be needed
  • Cliverton
  • Pet plan sanctuary
  • Pet business Insurance
  • 1 hour slots and leave after 50 minutes.
  • Slots directly after one another and must start to leave 5 minutes before appointment end time and on arrival keep your dogs in the car until your time to go in.
  • Your choice of length of slots with a buffer of your choice. They vary from 5 minutes to 30 minutes depending on the access to the field.
  • I would ALWAYS recommend either a buffer or strict rules on when the dogs can get out of cars and how they enter the field, as the majority of dogs that use these facilities are reactive in some way.

Online software for booking

Written diary – when busy you may end up doing up to 25 hours a week just answering calls and scheduling

Information to take, name, number, emergency contact, address, name of dog, how did you hear about us, email.

If running 24/7 you need a break, look at virtual assistants to answer the phone.

Set business hours.

Use a Separate phone if running it full time.

Decide if you will take Regular bookings.

Are you able to offer personal inductions so you can explain the rules, if not I would recommend having a very detailed email or online system.


  • Groups (may need to limit numbers depending on insurance and health and safety)
  • Exclusive use
  • Open access
  • Professional trainers or walkers
  • Agility equipment
  • Obstacle course- types of things you can have.
  • Pond, pool
  • Shelter
  • Toilets
  • Toys – mess, stuffing etc
    (be aware the more things you have the more health and safety you will need to consider)
  • Types of surfaces, artificial grass, mud and grass, rubber playground, mats

Whatever you want to or can offer, be clear in your terms and conditions. Including: Damages of things, from cars to people; Grooming dogs in the field; Rubbish; No bbqs; Smoking policies and Vaccinations policies – (the majority of secure fields do not ask for vaccines or titer testing unless they are connected to a kennels or day care, but this is your personal choice)

Prices vary from £3 for a 30 minute slot to £10. SOme fields are only able to offer hourly slots and these can vary from £7 to £20. You charge what you need too to run your field.

Discounts – These are great for regular customers. I would recommend using an online system for this, as it is easier on the admin side.

Charge for time or per dog or owner? This is your personal preference.

Should I set it up as a business?
If you are planning on running the field all week, then Yes as you can generate a lot of revenue. If you are planning on renting it out once a week, then no, keep it as a hobby.

Access, Gate codes options

  • Recommend an airlock system.
  • You are on site (this will depend on insurance).
  • Padlock on gate.
  • Codelocks.
  • Bluetooth Locks.

Car park surfaces  Woodchip, hardstanding, none?? Just make sure the ground is solid enough to take cars in the winter, or have strict rules about where to park.

Rolling once a year.

How often need to clean it? – at least once a day.

Limiting Dog Poo
Ideas for keeping clients to keep picking up poo. Running a prize at the end of each week or month if the poo found is under a certain number.

Dealing with mud

  • Use mats, wood chips from a local tree surgeons, straw
  • Hardstanding
  • Reseeding

You need to factor in any maintenance for equipment or shelter and also replacing the fencing.

One choice is Reo Link Go

Using a 3G or 4G mobile signal
The SIM card MUST have a public IP, or you must use the SIMcard provided from reolink. Do not buy a standard SIM card.

Check out www.3gmobilecctv.com for some good options for mobile signal cameras. If you have power then the world is your oyster, if working from solar power you will need a DC power camera unless your system includes an inverter to convert DC to AC power. NOTE: the inverter takes up a lot of power. And a good cctv camera with all the bells and whistles can run off DC power at 20w.

  • Composting, you will need a carbon source such as woodchip or sawdust. Click here for more information.
  • Wormeries.
  • Muck heap.
  • Sewage tank and it is too be collected.
  • Services that come and pick up the poop and dispose of it.

The best and cheapest ways of advertising are add your field to our Directory or create a Facebook page for your business.

If you have an online booking system, make sure the field users have to read the Disclaimer before booking.

An example of a disclaimer and what you could include, can be found at www.k9confidential.co.uk/booking.php

Display your disclaimer printed on a board as you enter the field.

Any warning signs need to be in the field i.e. no climbing on the equipment. Take pictures at regular intervals to prove they are there.

If your field is manned/womanned, you can have people sign a disclaimer on their first arrival or for inductions. if you provide one.

To comply with Public Liability Insurance, Dog Business Insurance insists on signs being put up in the field to say people use the field at their own risk and their dogs behaviour is down to them.

Health and safety risk assessment are every few months. You can find examples on google for any risk assessment.

Tricky one, if you have no address, you will need to contact the valuations office through your council to get them to come out and value your field, if you have an address you can phone your local council and ask about Business Rates.

Most will be able to apply for small business relief.

Yes indeed. There are specific enlcosed field consultants that can help you plan and set up your enclosed field. We cannot recommend anybody specific. We offer a enclosed field networking facebook group where you can get advice on all the aspects of setting up an enclosed field, only in more detail than the FAQ’s above.