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Dog breeding licence

How to apply for a dog breeding licence, and information about conditions

Who needs a licence?

If you breed five or more litters of puppies in a 12 months period or your main job is to breed and sell puppies you'll need a licence to do so (Breeding of Dogs Act 1973).

How to apply

Please complete our application form, and send it to us with the appropriate fee (please see our animal welfare licensing fee document).

Download our dog breeding licence application

What happens next?

We will visit you to check your premises is suitable to breed puppies.

We may arrange a vet inspection if we feel it necessary (you will need to pay the fee for the vet's visit)

If there are no issues, we'll issue a licence for one year.


We may attach conditions to your licence. However, certain conditions apply in all non-domestic circumstances. Please take time to read our non-domestic conditions.  For people that breed puppies only in their own home, the domestic breeder conditions apply. Both conditions documents can be found at the bottom of this page.

Planning requirements

Despite a licence being issued by us, you may need planning permission also. Please see our planning pages.

Contact details

For further information, please contact us. Our contact details are below.