Establishments used for the breeding of dogs are controlled by the Breeding of Dogs Act 1973. You must obtain a licence if:
- You keep a breeding establishment for dogs at any premises
- You operate at those premises a business of breeding dogs for sale.
This excludes "home breeders", producing less than five litters in any 12 months period.
There is an application fee which must be paid at the time the application is made.
|Type of Registration||Fee|
|Breeding of Dogs Act 1976||£215.00|
|Breeding of Dogs Act 1976 - Renewal||£115.00|
**Plus costs of vets fees as required
Where a licence is granted, that licence and any subsequent licence will expire on the 31 December of the year to which the licence relates and must be renewed before that date if the premises are to continue as a dog breeding establishment.
Before being granted a licence the applicant must be able to demonstrate to the Council's Licensing Inspector:
- That the dogs will at all times be kept in accommodation that is suitable in respect of construction, size of quarters, number of occupants, exercising facilities, temperature, lighting, ventilation and cleanliness.
- That the dogs will be adequately supplied with suitable food, drink and bedding material, adequately exercised, and (so far as is necessary) visited at suitable intervals.
- That all reasonable precautions will be taken to prevent and control the spread amongst the dogs of infectious or contagious diseases, including the provision of isolation facilities.
- That appropriate steps will be taken for the protection of the dogs in case of fire or other emergency, including the provision of suitable and sufficient fire fighting equipment.
That all appropriate steps will be taken to ensure that the dogs will be provided with suitable food drink and bedding material and adequately exercised when being transported to or from the breeding establishment.
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.
In addition to the standard conditions a licence may also contain special conditions that are only applicable to your 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.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tel: 01803 208025
- Fax: 01803 208854