Dog breeding establishment licence

Who requires a 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 and renewals legislation here.

From 1 February 2022 the statutory guidance has been refreshed. The statutory guidance contains the licence conditions, guidance to help you to achieve the conditions and higher standards that can also be achieved.

Please read the legislation and the guidance shown above before downloading and completing the application form. Once filled out please either email it to the Licensing Team where we can take payment over the phone or submit electronically here, where you can upload all supporting documentation and make payment at the same time.

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?

Animal Licensing fees 2024 - 2025