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Animal licences

Dog breeding

You need a licence for either or both of the following:

  • Breeding 3 or more litters of puppies in any 12 month period
  • Breeding dogs and advertising a business of selling dogs

The Local Authority is required to appoint a Vet to inspect the premises on receipt of the initial application.

The following links provide further information in relation on Breeding Dogs.

The Kennel Club - Dog Breeding  

Pets4Homes - Becoming a Dog Breeder

Wikipedia - Dog Breeding

Failure to adhere to the Statutory Guidance will result in the Council refusing to grant a Licence or renew a current Licence;

GOV.UK- Dog Breeding Licensing

Lucy's Law

On 6 April 2020, - Animal Welfare (Licensing of activities involving animals) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2019  known in short as 'Lucy's Law' made it unlawful for the sales of puppies and kittens (under six months in both cases) to be undertaken by anyone other than the breeder or pet rescue centre. For more information see RSPCA - Buying a Puppy.

GOV.UK - Lucy's Law spells the end for puppy farming

We are in the process of developing guidance documents to assist you with your application. At this time they are not available but if you require further information please contact us via email at

Application for a licence to breed dogs