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:
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.
We aim to process all licence requests within 10 working days.
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.
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.
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:
The licence must specify such conditions as will ensure that the above named objects are secured.
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.