Our pages in respect of pet shops, the breeding of dogs, cat and dog boarding establishments, and riding establishments detail relevant conditions currently in force, however we are aware that changes are planned. It is anticipated that parliament will formally make The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018, later this year and that they will come into force in October 2018. Anyone operating an animal establishment, or planning to open such a business is strongly recommended to research proposed changes which may impact on their business. We will update our pages to offer links and guidance and updated conditions once published.
Any person who wishes to breed dogs for sale as part of a business requires a licence.
If the animals are producing five or more litters in a 12 month period you must be licensed. You may be exempt if you can prove that the puppies are not being sold.
During an inspection the onus is on you to prove that you are not running a business.
Making an application
You can apply, renew a licence and pay online via GOV.UK.
The licence fees for 2018 is initial £165 and renewal £105.
Once the application is received, it will be processed and a vet and an officer from the council will visit to inspect the establishment. If it is found to be satisfactory a licence will be granted.
For further advice or to check if you require a licence, please contact us.