Dog breeding

Who To Contact

Environmental Health and Consumer Protection Service
Yorkon Building
Archway Road
L36 9FB

Telephone: 0151 443 4712

Fax Number: 0151 443 5438

Establishments used for the breeding of dogs are controlled by the Breeding of Dogs Act 1973.

You must obtain a licence from the council to keep a breeding establishment.

Anyone who is “in the business” of breeding and selling (trading) dogs needs to be licensed. Anyone producing five litters or more in a 12 month period also should be licensed regardless of whether they are in the business of breeding and selling dogs


The licence fee for 2016 to 2017 is £200 (plus veterinary inspection fees). The licence is renewed annually.

How to apply

Download, complete and return the application form enclosing the correct fee.

Before we grant a licence you must be able to demonstrate that the accommodation is suitable and the animals are well fed, exercised and protected from disease and fire.