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Dog breeding licence

Apply for a Dog Breeding Licence

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

No person may keep a breeding establishment without first obtaining a licence from their Local Authority.

A breeding establishment means any premises where more than two bitches are kept for the purpose of breeding for sale.

To obtain a Dog Breeding Licence, you should:

  1. Fill in the Dog Breeding Application form. You can also use our online form to request that we post the application form to you.
  2. Sign the form and attach the relevant fee.
  3. Return the completed form and fee to Licensing Team, City Hall, Beaumont Fee, Lincoln, LN1 1DB.

Application fee

There is an application fee which must be paid at the time an application is made. The fee is currently £68.00. This can be paid by cash, cheque or credit card.

Processing times

We aim to process all licence requests within 10 working days.

Licence renewals

Where a licence is granted, that licence and any subsequent licence will, under normal conditions, expire on the 31st December of the year to which the licence relates and must be renewed before that date if the premises are to continue as an animal boarding establishment. We will contact the Licensee one month prior to the licence expiring.

Reviewing your application

After receiving your application, a member of staff will review it to ensure it has been completed and contains the relevant fee. If your application, for whatever reason, is deemed incomplete it will be returned to you for correction.

Premises inspection

In deciding whether to grant a licence to an applicant for the first time the authority must arrange for the premises to be inspected by a veterinary surgeon/practitioner and an officer of the authority. Inspections also have to be made on subsequent applications, but can then be by a veterinary surgeon/practitioner or an office of the authority, or both. A report will be made about the premises, the applicant and any other relevant matter and must be considered by the authority when considering whether to grant or refuse the application.

In determining whether to grant a licence a local authority must have regard to the need for securing:

  1. That the dogs will at all times be kept in accommodation suitable as respects construction, size of quarters, number of occupants, exercising facilities, temperature, lighting, ventilation and cleanliness;
  2. That the dogs will be adequately supplied with suitable food, drink and bedding material, adequately exercised, and visited at suitable intervals.
  3. That all reasonable precautions will be taken to prevent and control the spread among the dogs of infectious or contagious diseases;
  4. That appropriate steps will be taken for the protection of the dogs in case of fire or other emergency;
  5. That all appropriate steps will be taken to secure that the dogs will be provided with suitable food, drink, and bedding material and adequately exercised when being transported to or from the breeding establishment;
  6. That bitches are not mated if they are less than one year old;
  7. That bitches do not give birth to more than six litters of puppies each;
  8. That bitches do not give birth to puppies before the end of the period of 12 months beginning on the day on which they last gave birth to puppies; and
  9. That accurate records in a form prescribed by regulations are kept at the premises and made available for inspection there by any officer of the authority, or any authorised veterinary surgeon/practitioner authorised by the authority to inspect the premises.
  10. And without prejudice to their right to withhold a licence on other grounds.

The licence must specify such conditions as will ensure that the above named objects are secured.

The decision

If your inspection is approved, the licence will be issued. If, however, the inspection is not approved then the licence will go before a committee who will decide whether to grant the licence or not. If you are unhappy with the decision made, you do have the right to appeal.

Licensing team

Contact the Licensing Team online >
Tel: 01522 873564
City Hall
Beaumont Fee
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