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Dog breeding

No person may keep a breeding establishment for dogs without first obtaining a licence from the Local Authority.

A breeding establishment means any premises where more than two bitches are kept for the purposes of breeding for sale.

Applications for a licence must be made to the Local Authority, and a licence may be issued (subject to a satisfactory inspection by the Environmental Health Section) if the applicant is not disqualified under any of the following Acts.

a) The Breeding of Dogs Act 1973.
b) The Pet Animals Act 1951.
c) The Protection of Animals (Amendment) Act 1954.
d) The Protection of Animals (Cruelty to Dogs)(Scotland) Act 1934.

New Regulations 2018

On the 1st October 2018, new regulations come into force. These regulations known as The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 set out the conditions that need to be met before a licence can be issued.
DEFRA have published guidance notes which set out the conditions and how they can be met. Whilst these notes have been provided to assist inspectors they will also be useful for business owners. All premises will be risk rated following an inspection and a star rating of 1 to 5 will be awarded. Only those businesses which obtain a higher standard will be awarded a 4 or 5 star rating. The star rating determines the period of the license:
1 to 2 stars – 1 year licence 
3 to 4 stars – 2 year licence
5 stars – 3 year licence
Please contact Environmental Health for further information or if you require an application form.

For further information and to see copies of the guidance notes visit the Canine & Feline Sector Group

Fees Payable

There is an application fee that must be paid at the time the application is made.

The annual fee is £150 plus veterinary fees. 

Duration of Licence

The licence will expire on the 31st December each year irrespective of when the application was submitted or the licence granted.

Download forms

Dog Breeding - Application Form

Contact us

Tel: 01744 676338
Email Environmental Health