Dog Breeding Licence
The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) England Regulations 2018
Who needs to apply?
A licence is required by anyone who keeps a bitch at any premises, where the bitch has a litter of puppies and four or more other litters are born to bitches kept by the person:
- At the same premises.
- As part of a breeding arrangement with another person.
Any licence granted is subject to conditions. The local authority must also be satisfied the conditions will be met prior to the grant of a licence. These conditions are laid out in the Schedules of the above Regulations. General conditions apply to all licences, and further relevant conditions are specific to the activity that is being applied for.
Guidance notes on these conditions, published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), are also available.
- Guidance notes for conditions for breeding dogs [PDF, 603 KB]
Downloadable application forms
Both forms are required for the application. All documents supporting this application must be supplied within 3 working days, otherwise the application may be deemed incomplete and be rejected. The application process will not commence until all information has been received.
Fees and charges
You can find the fee for this licence by going to our licence fee register.
We aim to process applications within 10 weeks, however this may take longer if further information is required or if it proves difficult to make the arrangements for the inspection.
Monday to Thursday
9:00 am – 12.30 pm & 2:00 pm – 4.30 pm
9:00 am – 12.30 pm & 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm