Apply for a dog breeding licence

A licence is needed to operate a business of breeding dogs for the propose of selling the animals on. A breeding establishment means any premises where a bitch or bitches give birth to five or more litters in any 12 month period.

An application will be considered on:

  • Number of animals in the premises.
  • Number, size and construction of accommodation in the premises.
  • Types of animals intended to be kept in the premises.
  • Suitability of food and drink.
  • Steps taken to prevent spread of disease.
  • Adequate fire and emergency provisions.
  • Animals are adequately exercised when being transported to or from the establishment.

The premises may be inspected by an approved officer and vet before a licence is granted.


A fee of £306 will be charged on submission of an application. You will need a credit or debit card available to make payment.

There will be an additional cost to cover vet fees. This will not be payable on submission of the application, but at a later date once a site visit is conducted.


You must not be disqualified from any of the following:

  • Keeping a breeding establishment.
  • Having custody of animals.

You may require planning permission.

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