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.
Failure to adhere to the Statutory Guidance will result in the Council refusing to grant a Licence or renew a current Licence;
On 6 April 2020, Legislation.gov.uk - 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.