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 breeds dogs and advertises a business of selling dogs, or three or more litters are born in any 12 month period.


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.

Downloadable application forms

An animal activity licence application form (Part A) [PDF, 291 KB] can be downloaded, printed and sent to us along with an application form for dog breeding (Part F) [PDF, 267 KB].

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.

Tel: 01724 297750

Licensing Department
PO Box 42
Church Square House
DN15 6XQ

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