You must apply to us for a dog breeding licence if either:

  • you run a business that breeds and sells dogs
  • you breed 5 or more litters in a year and sell any of the puppies

A licence will not be issued if you have been disqualified under any of the following Acts:

  • The Breeding of Dogs Act 1973
  • The Pet Animals Act 1951
  • The Protection of Animals (Amendment) Act 1954
  • The Protection of Animals (Cruelty to Dogs) (Scotland) Act 1934

Apply for a new licence or renewal

Licences run for a one year period from the date the licence is granted. They must be renewed before that date if you would like to continue breeding dogs. We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible as it can take up to two months to process.

Applications must be made in writing and accompanied by the correct fee of £170 (new licence) or £168 (renewal). Vets fees are additional to this and are payable directly to the vet at inspection.

Inspection of your premises

To approve a licence request a vet or other inspector will need to visit your premises to check that your dogs:

  •  live in suitable accommodation
  • receive adequate food, water and bedding
  • get enough exercise
  • are transported in safe and comfortable conditions
  • are protected in case of fire or other emergency
  • are protected from the spread of disease

Licensing Team

Ask us a question

01142734264 Monday to Friday, 10am – 4pm

Block C
Staniforth Road Depot
S9 3HD