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.

In order to secure a dog breeding licence, your business must meet the conditions in the legislation and the guidance set by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA):

A Council officer or vet may inspect your premises before giving you a licence, and any time after the licence is granted. Some visits will be unannounced as required by the legislation.

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 publichealth.licensing@horsham.gov.uk on 01403 215427.

If you breach your dog breeding licence or breed dogs without one, you could be fined.

If you stop or delay an inspection your licence can be taken away and you could be banned from breeding dogs.

For more details, please read the legislation.