Dog breeding licence

If you do either of the following you will need a dog breeding licence under The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018

  • Breed three or more litters of puppies in any 12-month period;
  • Breed dogs and advertise a business of selling dogs

Dog breeding licences are valid for one, two or three years based on a risk assessment. The more conditions you meet, the better chance you have of being granted a longer licence.

Apply for a dog breeding licence

To apply for a dog breeding licence, please complete the following steps:

We will take the full payment when you apply. If your licence is not granted, part of your licence fee will be refunded to you.

Apply online

Vary a licence

If you wish to vary your licence, please email giving full details.

Complusory Microchipping Laws - Cats and Dogs

From 6 April 2016 it became compulsory for dog owners to ensure their dogs are microchipped; dogs must be fitted with a microchip and registered on a database by the age of 8 weeks old.

New laws coming into force on 10 June 2024, will require cats in England to be microchipped and registered on a database by the time they reach 20 weeks old.

For more information Visit The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) website.