Dog Breeding

Important Information

The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 require that a licence is needed for either or both of the following

  • breeding three or more litters of puppies in any 12-month period;
  • breeding dogs and advertising a business of selling dogs.

The law requires that a business test (PDF, 267Kb) be applied to determine if a licence is required. It is for each operator to demonstrate to the Council that they do, or do not, meet the business test.

The Council inspects all licensed premises, which will include a veterinary surgeon or practitioner for all new applications or where required. If the inspection is satisfactory the licence will be granted for 1, 2 or 3 years and provided with a star rating. Contact the Kennel Club for more detailed information on breeding dogs.


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Animal Welfare Licences – Dog Breeding. Fee comprised of (a) initial fee; and(b) successful application (enforcement) fee

1 year licence: New / renewal (+vet fee if required)


(a) £87.43; (b) £69.95

2 year licence: New / renewal (+vet fee if required)


(a) £87.43; (b) £139.90

3 year licence: New / renewal (+vet fee if required)


(a) £87.43; (b) £209.85