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.

Due to maintenance work, this application form is temporarily unavailable. We apologise for any inconvenience.

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.