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When is a licence required?

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.

When is a licence not required?

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

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.

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.

Before granting a licence, we will consider whether the dog(s):

  • 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; and
  • are protected from the spread of disease.

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 a dog breeding establishment.

How much does a licence cost?

See our Environmental Health Fees and Charges.

How do I apply for a licence?

Please complete an application form.

When will my application be processed?

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

We will determine your application within 28 days.

Will tacit consent apply?

Yes, 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.

How do I appeal?

Any applicant who is refused a licence can appeal to their local Magistrates but please contact us in the first instance.

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

Environmental Health and Licensing

Daneshill House

01438 242908 / 242916

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