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Dog breeding establishment

Dog breeding establishment licenses are issued under the provisions of the Breeding of Dogs Act 1973.

Any premises which carries on a business of breeding dogs for sale must be licensed by The Council. If 5 or more litters are produced in 1 year, then it is presumed a breeding establishment is being run. This licence is valid only until 31 December of the year in which it was issued. The current fee is £76.00 per year plus veterinary fees.

Am I eligible? 

The applicant must be over the age of 18 years, and the application form will be submitted with the appropriate fee.

Regulation summary

For more information see our general advice on animal welfare.

How will my application be evaluated? 

The local authority has discretion whether to grant a licence and must ensure that the animals will be suitably accommodated, fed, exercised and protected from disease and fire. It is for local authorities, who have extensive powers to check on the standards of health, welfare and accommodation of the animals, to enforce the requirements of the act.

Apply online 

This application is not available online.

What happens next?

Once your application form has been received The Council will instruct an officer of The Council to inspect the premises and animals concerned. If the licence is granted conditions may be attached to it, including the keeping of such records as prescribed in the regulations.

What if my application is refused?

Please contact the Licensing Service in the first instance. An appeal is made to the local Magistrates Court

Consumer complaints 

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first point of contact should be made with the service provider (The Council). If this has not worked and you are located in the UK then contact Consumer Direct. If you are outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.


There are no public registers for this licence.

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