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Dog Breeding Establishment

Licence Summary

To run a Dog Breeding Establishment you will require a licence from your local authority. The number of dogs that may be kept on the establishment will be specified on the licence along with other specific conditions.

The local authority may authorise an Officer, Veterinary Surgeon or practitioner to inspect licensed premises.

Applicants must be over 18 years of age. In England and Wales they must have not been disqualified:

  • from keeping a dog breeding establishment
  • from keeping a pet shop under the Pet Animals Act 1951
  • from having custody of animals under the Protection of Animals (Amendment) Act 1954
  • from keeping boarding establishments for animals under the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963

Applicants must pay any required fee and comply with any conditions attached to a licence.


Regulation Summary

Copies of relevant legislation can be found on the website.


Application Process

A fee of £120.00 will be payable for both a new grant and a renewal applications and conditions may be attached. If the application is rejected the enforcement element of the fee will be refunded.

To ensure that the premises meets the requirements of the Act we authorise a veterinary surgeon to inspect the premises. The fee for this is not included in the application fee and will be invoiced separately.

The following are some of the criteria that will be considered during the inspection:

  • accommodation for bitches and puppies must be suitable as regards construction, size of quarters etc.
  • all exercise runs must have a paved or suitably surfaced area by the entrance
  • animals must be adequately supplied with suitable food and visited at suitable intervals
  • the food preparation area and any equipment used must be kept clean at all times
  • there should be a responsible person within a reasonable distance from the premises at all times
  • a register shall be kept of all bitches in the establishment

It is our aim to complete the application process within 30 working days (subject to a satisfactory veterinary inspection within this period).

If your application is successful your licence will run until the end of the calendar year in which it is granted. You will then need to apply to renew it for another twelve months.


How To Apply

To apply for a Dog Breeding Establishment Licence please download and complete the application form.

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