You must have a dog breeding licence if either

  • You run a business that breeds and sells dogs
  • You breed three or more litters in a year and sell any of the puppies

Definition of a breeding establishment

A breeding establishment is defined as any premises, including a private dwelling, where a business of breeding dogs for sale is carried out.

Public register

There is no legal requirement to keep a register. Please contact us if you want to know whether a premises is licensed.


A vet or other inspector will visit and want to see that your dogs:

  • Live in suitable accommodation 
  • Receive adequate food, water and bedding 
  • Get enough exercise 
  • Are transported in safe and comfortable conditions 
  • Are protected in case of fire or other emergency 
  • Are protected from the spread of disease

How to apply

Please read these Guidance notes for conditions for breeding dogs April 2020 to ensure you can comply with the licence conditions.

An application fee must be paid when you make your application.

We will confirm that we have received both your application and fee and arrange to carry out an inspection of your premises.

A licence, if granted, will be subject to the standard licence conditions.

Apply for a dog breeding licence

How long will my application take?

We aim to determine applications within 28 days from receipt of a completed application, including payment. In some circumstances applications may take longer than 28 days whilst we liaise with the veterinary surgeon or approved practitioner.


The licence fee is £125.00.

Note: This fee is non-refundable

Paying the licence fee

You can make a Debit or Credit card payment online via the council's secure online payment service. You are not required to register to use this service. Your card must be registered for 3D Secure for the payment to be successful.

Pay for a dog breeding licence

Record keeping

It is a condition of all licences that accurate records in a form prescribed by regulations are kept at a premises and are made available for inspection by an authorised officer. A record must be kept for each breeding bitch.

Will Tacit Consent apply?

No. It is in the public interest that we must process your application before we can grant a licence. Please contact us if you have not heard from us within a reasonable period.

Change of circumstances

Please contact us to discuss any change of circumstances in respect of an existing licence.

Length of licence

Your licence will be valid for one year.

You must renew your licence before the expiry date if you wish to continue as a dog breeder.


Please read the Guidance notes for conditions for breeding dogs April 2020 as pets which provide more information.