Dog breeding establishment licence

You cannot keep a breeding establishment without first obtaining a licence from us. Due to recent changes in the legislation we recommend that you contact us before applying.

There is a fee of £75.75 which must be paid when an application is made.

The licence and any subsequent licence expires on the 31 December of the year the licence applies to.

Establishments used for the breeding of dogs are controlled by the Breeding of Dogs Act 1973 as amended by the Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Act 1999.

Prior to a licence being issued, you must arrange for the premises to be inspected by a Veterinary Officer. A completed report form should be sent to our Environmental Health Section.

You can buy a copy of the Breeding of Dogs Act 1973 from the Legislation.gov website.

You can also view a copy of the Act at our Council offices where you can get a copy of our standard licence conditions, an application form and further help and advice.