You must have a dog breeding licence if either:

  • you run a business that breeds and sells dogs
  • you breed 3 or more litters in any 12 month period and sell any of the puppies.

It is an offence to keep a breeding establishment for dogs without an appropriate licence.

Apply for a dog breeding premises licence

To apply for a dog breeding premises licence please complete the Dog Breeding Licence Application Form (Word doc) [160KB] and return it by email to

On deciding whether to grant a licence for the first time we will arrange for a local vet and our animal welfare officer to inspect the premises  

This visit is to ensure 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 pain, injury, suffering and disease.

Your licence will be valid for 1, 2 or 3 years.

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

Cost of a dog breeding premises licence

There is an application fee of £178 (non-refundable) for a dog breeding premises licence, with a further fee payable on grant of the licence of £120. Please make your payments using our automated payments line on 01257 515151, please make sure you obtain a receipt number.

There is also a cost for the initial vet inspection. This fee depends on the size of the premises and number of animals involved. This will be paid directly to the local veterinary surgeon.

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