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 2023 - 2024 is £395 (plus vet 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.