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Licence - Dog Breeding

Establishments used for the breeding of dogs are controlled by the Breeding of Dogs Act 1973. You must obtain a licence if:
DEFRA defines a dog breeding establishment as a place that is in the business of breeding and selling dogs.  Additionally anyone producing five or more litters from their dogs in a 12 month period must obtain a licence regardless of whether they are in the business of breeding and selling dogs.

Licensed Dog Breeding Establishment

Name of Breeding EstablishmentContact Details
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There is an application fee which must be paid at the time the application is made.
Type of RegistrationFee
Breeding of Dogs Act 1976£220.00
Breeding of Dogs Act 1976 - Renewal£118.00
**Plus costs of vets fees as required
The Council has 3 months from the application date to determine whether to grant a licence.  The duration of the licence is for 1 year, effective from either the day stated in the application or the day the licence is granted, whichever is the latter and must be renewed before that date if the premises are to continue as a dog breeding establishment.

Council's Duties

Before being granted a licence the applicant must be able to demonstrate to the Council's Licensing Inspector:
A licence may be refused or withheld on other grounds if those grounds are such that conditions are not suitable for the breeding of dogs.
Each licence is subject to standard conditions that are imposed on all dog breeding establishments licensed by the Council and additional conditions may be attached that are specific to the premises.

Your Right of Appeal

Any person aggrieved by a refusal to be granted a licence or by any condition to which a licence is subject may appeal to the Magistrates Court and the Courts may give such directions regarding the licence or its conditions as it thinks proper.

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