You will need a Dog Breeding licence if you keep bitches at any premises and they give birth to five or more litters during a period of 12 months. This includes bitches kept:
You must complete the Dog breeding licence - application form and send this with the correct payment. Please follow these instructions on how to pay for your application. You can complete the licence form online or you can download it and complete it by hand and return it to the Licensing Team.
Once we receive your completed application form, we will send an officer or veterinary surgeon to inspect the premises. If an acceptable report is received from the authorised vet, we will let you know the conditions that we propose to attach to your licence before it is issued.
We may use the information provided for the prevention and detection of fraud. We also share this information for auditing purposes.
Any applicant who has previously been disqualified under the:
See our current list of fees for the cost of a Dog Breeding licence for 10 or less bitches and a Dog Breeding licence for more than 10 bitches. This does not include veterinary surgeon fees. Please follow these instructions on how to pay for your application.
A licence lasts for one year beginning with the day on which it comes into force. The day it comes into force is whichever is later...
We take into account:
In addition to these conditions we may impose others as we think fit.
We are required to specify conditions which:
You may need other permissions in addition to those required from us.
These must be obtained before you begin your licensed activities. Please note that this list gives a general guide and is not a complete list:
Check if you need planning permission before you make a licence application by emailing email@example.com. Any change in the use of a property will require planning permission.
If you already have planning permission for the same use, you should check that your licence application does not break any condition attached to the planning permission. If your licence is granted, Planning Enforcement action will be taken against you if you do not have the right planning permission in place.
You must complete the animal boarding - renewal application form and send this with the correct payment. Please follow these instructions on how to pay for your application. See our current list of fees for details.
On certain occasions a vet may recommend that a licence is not issued, If, after consideration, we agree and decide that a licence should not be issued, you have the right of appeal to the Magistrates’ Court against that decision.
You should make sure that all animals:
A record must be kept by every licensed dog breeder for each breeding bitch.
A wide range of different organisations respond to calls from members of the public about different animal welfare problems and it can be very confusing to know who to report different problems to. This includes the police, local authorities, the RSPCA and Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency, but also includes social landlords and council teams whose primary responsibilities are not animal issues (e.g. social services).
Different bodies have different responsibilities and some have statutory powers to be able to take action. To ensure the best course of action is taken for an individual animal it is important that the right agency is contacted in the first instance.
The aim of this document is to provide an easy to understand guide of who to report different problems to so as to ensure the animal welfare issue is addressed as quickly as possible. It is hoped this document will be useful to not only members of the public but also those who deal with animal issues on a daily basis.
For further information see Who is responsible for what in Animal Welfare in our download section.