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 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?

The fees for dog breeding, for the 2022 - 2023 period are as follows;

New dog breeder - £708

Renewing dog breeder - £347 

The fees will change on 1st April each year.