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 & renewals will fall under the new regulations. 

This is the link to new regulations in case you would like to read it;  New Applications & Renewals Legislation

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

To help you to achieve the new conditions you should read the

Please read through the legislation, 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

Licencing fees and charges (PDF, 204KB)

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

Last Updated: 27 August 2020