Last Updated: 4 April 2023
Businesses require a dog breeding licence to breed dogs and advertise their puppies for sale.
For more information on the legislation that came into force on the 1 October 2018, consult the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities on Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018.
Defra guidance on dog breeding
How to apply
If you would like to apply for a licence to breed dogs you should fill in the animal welfare application form (DOC 76KB / 7 pages).
The application form should be returned to the Licensing Team, along with any supporting documentation and the relevant fee:
Existing fees (2023/24):
- new application fee: £246.41 (plus vet fees)
- variation licence/re-evaluation of rating: £35.66 (plus vet fees)
Where there are a combination of activities, the highest activity fee is applicable.
Existing licence holders will be forwarded the relevant application forms approximately one month prior to the renewal date.
To apply for a variation to a licence or re-evaluation of the star rating, contact the Licensing team.