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Dog Breeding Licence

Changes to the animal licensing laws

The Government has now published updated legislation for animal businesses and confirmed that these changes will take effect from 1 October 2018. Under the new laws, animal boarding businesses (including home boarders and day carers), dog breeders, pet shops and riding establishments will be covered under a single type of licence from that date. It will be known as an 'animal activity licence', with new nationally-set licence conditions for businesses providing animal-related services.


We cannot change these conditions as they are already set in the legislation. Businesses operating with these activities will need to comply with the new conditions, and will be assessed before the licence is granted to make sure they can meet them.


Those businesses operating under current licences will be able to continue to do so until the expiry date of their licence. All applications to renew licences will be under the new legislation.


To download the procedural guidance issued to local authorities , please click on the link below:


Procedural Guidence for Animal Activity Licensing 2018


To download the new licence conditions for each of the animal activities covered please click on the link below


Conditions for the breeding of dogs

Conditions for hiring out horses

Conditions for the keeping or training of animals for exhibitions

Conditions for providing boarding for cats or dogs

Conditions for selling animals as pets


This webpage will be updated once the authority has set the fees and an application form has been approved.


Dog Breeding Licence                         £345.00 From April 2017


To download our current Dog breeding Licence Application Form, please click on the link below


Dog Breeding Guidance Notes

Dog Breeding Licence Application Form

Dog Breeding Standard Conditions


If you would like to make an on-line payment, please use the link in the listing on the left hand side of this page.

The full Privacy Statement for Dog Breeding Licensing can be viewed here

Licence Summary


If a person keeps bitches at any premises and they give birth to 5 or more litters during a period of 12 months, they must obtain a Dog Breeding Licence. This includes bitches kept:

  • by any person at the premises;
  • by any relative of the person at the premises;
  • elsewhere by the person;
  • anywhere by the person under a breeding arrangement/contact with another person.

Eligibility Criteria


Applicants must not have been previously disqualified under the:

  • Dog Breeding Acts of 1973 & 1999 from keeping a breeding establishment;
  • Pet Animals Act 1951 from keeping a pet shop;
  • Protection of Animals (Amendment) Act 1954 from having the custody of animals;
  • Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963 from the boarding of animals;
  • Animal Welfare Act 2006, section 34(2)(3) or (4).

Regulation Summary

A summary of the eligibility criteria for this licence

Breeding of Dogs Act 1991

Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Act 1999

The Breeding of Dogs (Licensing Records) Regulations 1999

Application Evaluation Process


To apply for a Dog Breeding licence, applicants must complete and submit an application form.

Applicants that have not previously been licensed to breed dogs at their current establishment must have the premises inspected by both a veterinary surgeon/practitioner and an officer of the Council. For those applicants that have previously been granted a licence to breed dogs, an inspection will be undertaken by either an officer of the Council or veterinary surgeon/practitioner, or both.

In determining whether to grant an application for a Dog Breeding licence, the Authority will take into consideration:

  • whether the dogs have access to suitable accommodation at all times, with regard to the construction and size of the quarters, number of occupants, ventilation, cleanliness, exercise facilities, temperature and lighting;
  • whether the dogs will be suitably fed, watered, visited and supplied with adequate bedding material;
  • that all reasonable steps are in place to prevent and control the spread of infectious/contagious diseases.
  • whether appropriate steps will be taken to protect the animals in the event of a fire or other emergency;
  • that the dogs will be suitably cared for when being transported to and from the breeding establishment, i.e. food, drink, bedding, exercise
  • that bitches are not mated if they are less than one year old;
  • that bitches do not give birth to more than 6 litters of puppies each;
  • that bitches do not give birth more than once in a 12 month period.

Will Tacit Consent Apply?


No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact it. You can do this online if you applied through the UK Welcomes service or use the contact details below.  The target completion period for processing these applications is 60 working days.

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You can download application forms using the links on this page.  Once signed, you can also return them electronically.  On-line payment of the required fee is available using the links on the left hand side of this web page.

Failed Application Redress


Please contact the Local Authority in the first instance.

Any applicant who is refused a licence can appeal to their local Magistrates' court

Licence Holder Redress


Please contact the Local Authority in the first instance.

Any licence holder who wishes to appeal against a condition attached to their licence can appeal to their local Magistrates' court

Consumer Complaint


We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, you should contact the Licensing Authority or if you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre

Other Redress


Trade Associations


PCT - Pet Care Trust

RCVS - Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

The Kennel Club