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Dog Breeding Licence

Dog Breeding Licence

Animal Welfare act 2006 - The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) England Regulations 2018.

Who needs to apply?

A licence is required by anyone who keeps a bitch at any premises, where the bitch has a litter of puppies and four or more other litters are born to bitches kept by the person:

  • At the same premises.

  • Elsewhere.

  • As part of a breeding arrangement with another person.

Downloadable application form and declaration   

 The following application forms must be completed in conjunction with each other.  

 All documents supporting this application must be supplied within three working days, otherwise the application may be deemed incomplete and be rejected. The application process will not commence until all information has been received.


Individual conditions may be attached to any licence, however standard conditions apply in all cases.

You can find the fee for this licence by going to our licence fee register.


We aim to deal with grant applications within 49 days and renewal applications within 28 days. Tacit consent applies. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted/renewed if you have not heard from us by the end of the above application periods.

Animal Activity Licensing Regulations 2018

The Government introduced a significant change with the Animal Activity Licensing Regulations 2018. Visit the Canine and Feline Sector Group's website  for guidance documents to assist businesses in meeting the new requirements set out under those Regulations which are scheduled to come into play October 2018.

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Contact details


01724 297750   

Licensing Department
PO Box 42
Church Square House
DN15 6XQ

Opening hours

Monday to Thursday:

9am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 4.30pm


9am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 4.00pm

Last updated: 12/10/2018