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Breeding dogs

If you are involved in either or both of the following:

(a)   Breeding three or more litters of puppies in any 12-month period;

(b)   Breeding dogs and advertising a business of selling dogs.

Then you will require a licence under the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving) (England) Regulations 2018.

This means that even if you have 1 or 2 litters per year that you may also require a licence and you are advised to discuss your dog breeding activities further with the licensing officer.

Licence Conditions and Guidance - Further information on what is classed as a business and what activities are considered in or out of scope is available in the DEFRA document Guidance notes for conditions for breeding dogs. This document also details the licence conditions that you would need to comply with if you were granted a licence.

Application form and fee – We are currently finalising the application form and fees for this animal activity licence and we will publish these details ASAP.

A veterinary inspector is also required on the granting of a licence for breeding dogs and the operator will be invoiced separately for this once the visit has been carried out.

Additional Information

Any new licences issued will be for one year initially, and then any subsequent licences or renewals will be risk rated and will issued a 1, 2 or 3 years licence in accordance with their risk rating and corresponding star rating.

Further information on the new licensing process is available on our Animal Activity Licensing FAQs page.

For new applications, planning permission may be required. Further information can be obtained from Planning Services.

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