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Dog Breeder

Licence Summary

Anyone who breeds dogs as a business or produces needs to be licensed under the Breeding of Dogs Act 1973 as amended by the Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Act 1999. Anyone producing five litters or more in a 12 month period also should be licensed regardless of whether they are in the business of breeding and selling dogs. Conditions are imposed which restrict the number of litters that each bitch can have, require the identification of puppies and specify the records that must be kept. People who breed dogs as a hobby would normally be exempt.

We may authorise an Officer, Veterinary Surgeon or Practitioner to inspect Licensed Premises.

Eligibility Criteria

An applicant must not be disqualified from any of the following at the time of the application:

  • Keeping animals under the Protection of Animals (Amendment) Act 1954
  • Owning, keeping, being involved in the keeping or being entitled to control or influence the keeping of animals, dealing in animals or transporting or being involved in the transportation of animals under the Animals Welfare Act 2006

A summary of Dog Breeder Regulation (external link) can be viewed on the GOV.UK website.

Application Process and Fee

The fee for this licence is £185 plus any actual vet costs if required for the initial grant and £165 plus any actual vet costs if required for renewals.

For the majority of applications/renewals a veterinary inspection is not required. However, if a veterinary inspection is required, the costs are payable by the applicant/licence holder. The Council will pay the veterinary practice and then we will invoice you separately to recover the costs.

For new applications only, applicants may pay 5% less when making an application. If you do, you would then be invoiced for this amount plus £20 for the additional administration cost, when the licence has been issued.

The following criteria will be considered when the application is being evaluated:

  • That the animals will be kept in suitable accommodation at all times. Suitable accommodation takes into account the construction and size of the accommodation, the number of animals to be housed in it, facilities for exercising the animals, cleanliness and temperature, lighting and ventilation provisions
  • That suitable food, drink and bedding materials will be provided and that the animals are exercised and visited regularly
  • That steps are taken to prevent and control the spread of disease among the animals and that isolation facilities are in place
  • That adequate protection is provided to the animals in the case of fire and other emergencies.

Tacit Consent

Tacit Consent does not apply to Dog Breeding Licences.

It is in the public interest that we process your application before it can be granted.

If you have not heard from the us within a reasonable period, please contact us.

How to Apply

To apply for a Dog Breeders Licence you must fill out our Dog Breeding Licence Application Form (pdf) and return it with the fee to the address below.

If you need to renew your licence then please fill out our Dog Breeding Renewal Form (pdf) and return it with the fee to the address below.

Failed Application Redress

Please contact us in the first instance.

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

Licence Holder Redress

Please contact us 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 Gov.uk can offer advice on Consumer Direct (external link).

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