Dog breeding establishment licence

Under the Breeding of Dogs Act 1973 and 1991, a licence is required for any premises where a business of breeding dogs for sale is carried on.

The occasional or hobby breeder will generally not require a licence, although you should contact us to discuss the level of breeding you undertake.

Licence conditions

Stevenage Borough Council supports the use of the up to date model licence conditions as published by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH).

Restrictions are placed on breeding bitches to ensure that they are not mated if they are less than one year in age and are not required to have more than six litters in their lifetime.

Full breeding records must be kept.

Licences are valid from the date of issue to the 31 December the same year. The licence must be renewed before 31 December if the premises are to continue trading as an animal boarding establishment.

Service standards

We will acknowledge receipt of your application within 4 working days.

We will determine your application within 28 days.

Relevant legislation

Licence fees and charges

The authority will charge a fee to process your application (use the link below for current fees and charges). The fee is the same whether you apply online or by post ( or UK Welcomes do not charge an additional fee for online applications).

Application evaluation process

A fee is payable for each application and conditions will be attached to any licence granted.
In order to determine the application, we may appoint a veterinary surgeon to inspect your premises prior to any licence being issued. The following matters will be considered before we decide whether to grant a licence:

  • 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

Will tacit consent apply?

Yes, this means that you will be able to act as though your licence has been granted if you have not heard from us within 28 days from the day that we receive your application.


Please contact us in the first instance.

Any applicant who is refused a licence can appeal to their local Magistrates’ court.

Any licence holder who objects to a condition attached to a licence may appeal to the local Magistrates court.

Useful links

Dog Microchipping


Dog breeding establishment application form

Contact details

Environmental Health and Licensing
Stevenage Borough Council
Daneshill House
01438 242908 / 242916