Dog Breeding Establishment Licence


The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 covers breeding of dogs.   

In the new regulations if either or both of the following applies, then a licence may be required:

         (a) breeding three or more litters of puppies in any 12-month period;

         (b) breeding dogs and advertising a business of selling dogs.

From 1 October 2018, all new applications and renewals will fall under the new regulations. 

Read the New Applications & Renewals Legislation here.

Under the new regulations there are general and specific licence conditions that will have to be complied with:  

To help you to achieve the new conditions you should read the following documents:

Please read the legislation and the general and specific conditions shown above before downloading and completing the application form (DOC, 156KB) and returning it to the Licensing Team.

Breeders and sellers of dogs are required to have a licence. If you are thinking of buying a dog we would recommend that you always ask to see the licence.

How much does the licence cost?

Please see current fees list: Licensing fees and charges. (PDF, 204KB)

There is also a charge to apply variations to the licence, please see the link above.

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Last Updated: 1 April 2021