Dog breeding licence
You'll need a licence if four or more litters of puppies are born within one calendar year at either a domestic or commercial premises for the purposes of commercial sale.
You can read the Breeding of Dogs Act 1973 here.
To qualify for a licence, you must meet the following criteria:
- 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
- the dogs must be adequately supplied with suitable food, drink and bedding material, adequately exercised, and (so far as is necessary) visited at suitable intervals
- all reasonable precautions will be taken to prevent and control the spread of infectious or contagious diseases amongst the dogs, including the provision of isolation facilities
- appropriate steps will be taken for the protection of the dogs in case of fire or other emergency, including suitable and sufficient fire fighting equipment
- the dogs must be provided with suitable food, drink and bedding material and adequately exercised when being transported to or from the breeding establishment
Each licence is subject to standard conditions that we impose on all our licensed dog breeding establishments.
In addition to the standard conditions, a licence may also contain special conditions applicable to your premise.
Applying for a licence
Once your application is submitted and paid for online it is automatically sent to the responsible authorities, so there is no need for applicants to send in paper hard copies.
The licence costs £450 per year.
Application evaluation process
Once your application is received, a licensing officer will contact you to make arrangements to carry out an inspection of your premises. The officer will be accompanied by an approved vet who will set the licensing conditions.
A licence may be issued if the applicant isn't disqualified under any of the following Acts:
a) The Breeding of Dogs Act 1973
b) The Pet Animals Act 1951
c) The Protection of Animals (Amendment) Act 1954
d) The Protection of Animals (Cruelty to Dogs) (Scotland) Act 1934
If a licence is granted, that licence will expire on 31 December of that year. The licence must be renewed before that date if the premises are to continue as a dog breeding establishment.
Page last updated: 14 May 2018