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.
The CIEH Guidance for dog breeding establishments states ‘A person is presumed to be carrying out the business of breeding dogs for sale where they breed and sell more than 2 litters in a 12 month period, or during any 12 month period, five or more litters are born to his/her bitches.
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||£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.
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.
- That bitches are not mated if they are less than one year old.
- That bitches do not give birth to more than 6 litters of puppies each in their lifetime.
- That bitches do not give birth to puppies before the end of the period of 12 months beginning with the day of which they last gave birth to puppies.
- That accurate records in a form prescribed by regulations are kept at the premises and made available for inspection there by any officer of the local authority, or any veterinary surgeon or veterinary practitioner, authorised by the local authority to inspect the premises.
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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