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Dog Breeder

Licence Summary

Anyone who breeds dogs as a business or produces needs to be licensed. 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.

Changes to Dog Breeding

From October 2018, the legislation and guidance on dog breeding has changed. Please see our New Animal Licensing Regime page for more information. Licences issued from January 2019 will have to comply with the new guidance.

We are currently in the process of refining our procedures and we will update this page as soon as we have done so. This should be completed during October and November. The information on this page may therefore be superseded by the new regulations and associated DEFRA guidance.

If you already hold a Dog Breeding licence with us then you can carry on trading until your current licence expires. Further information will be sent to you later in the year.

Eligibility Criteria

Dog Breeding is licensed under The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 (external link)

There are specific requirements for those wishing to breed dogs. A summary of Dog Breeder Regulation (external link) is available from legislation.gov.uk.

In order to apply for a licence you must not have been disqualified from doing so under any legislation relating to animal welfare. You must also have not had a licence revoked under any legislation relating to animal welfare. For more information please read the Animal Welfare Act 2018 Eligibility Criteria (external link)

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.

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

The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 came into effect on 1 October 2018 and this new legislation will completely change the animal licensing regime, including the application process.

We are currently waiting for new application forms to be provided by DEFRA. For more information on the changes please visit our New Animal Licensing Regime page. If you would like to apply for a Dog Breeding licence during this transition period please contact us on the details below.

We will update our pages as soon as we can.

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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