Dog breeding licence

If you run a business breeding dogs you require a dog breeding establishment licence.

You must be over 18 years of age to apply for a dog breeding licence and must not be disqualified from keeping an animal breeding establishment or from keeping or having custody of animals.

If your bitch/bitches were to give birth to five or more litters in any 12 month period, you would be running a dog breeding business.

You can download an animal breeding establishment application form and once completed, send it to us with the relevant fee and a public liability insurance certificate.  A veterinary inspectors report is required for new premises and you must pay the cost of this.

The cost to apply for the grant of a dog breeding establishment licence is £347. The fee to apply for a further licence is £329.

You can find out how the Council constructs its fees by downloading the document Guidance on fee construction.

Once we receive your application and inspectors report we will arrange an appointment to inspect the premises.

During the inspection the officer will check that the premises comply with licence conditions for animal breeding establishments. These conditions cover:

We will then inform you of our decision.

You will be issued a licence which will run for a year so you must apply to renew each year. We will issue a reminder before the licence is due for renewal.

You should allow two months for your application to be processed.

Please Note: 

With effect from 1st October 2018, The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 update a number of licensing provisions. Anyone with an existing animal related business or planning a business should read the regulations and the guidance notes which accompany them.

From this date, anyone breeding and selling three or more litters of puppies will need to be licensed and there are new rules about how puppies can be advertised and sold. 

The following guidance have been published:

Guidance Notes for Breeding of Dogs 2018

Laws and regulation

Dog Breeding Establishment Licences are granted under the Breeding of Dogs Act 1973, the Breeding of Dogs Act 1991 and the Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Act 1999.