Do you need a licence to breed dogs, how to apply and pay for a dogs breeding licence, how to renew the licence, what other permissions you need, who regulates dog breeding and what happens if you don't apply.
Renewing your dog breeding licence online is quick and simple: Apply online to renew your dog breeding licence
If you want to breed dogs for commercial sale you will require a dog breeding licence. If you are not sure whether you fall into this category, please contact the licensing team at the email below:
Dog Breeding policy (word 541kb, opens in new window)
It is an offence under the Breeding of Dogs Act 1973 as amended by Breeding and Sale of Dogs Act 1991 and 1999 to breed dogs for commercial sale without the appropriate licence, the maximum penalty is a fine not exceeding £2500 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 months.
If you require further advice and guidance on applying for a dog breeding licence, we offer a pre-application advice service, the fee for this service is £50 plus vat.
If you would like to book an appointment for pre-application advice please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can apply for a dog breeding licence by completing the online application form via the link below.
Please note: only persons over 16 years of age, and persons who have not been disqualified under any of the below statutes may apply for a dog breeding licence
Apply for a dog breeding licence online
You will be required to meet the model standards set out in the dog breeding licence conditions as below:
Dog breeding licence conditions (pdf 1mb opens in new window)
Please note: your application cannot be processed without your supporting documents.
Application for a new dog breeding establishment - £180 + vets costs
When your completed application has been received by the licensing team, a licensing officer will contact you and arrange for a vet to inspect your premises to ensure that you meet the required standards.
If the vet and licensing officer are satisfied that you meet the required standard, your dog breeding licence will be issued and sent to you in the post.
If the licensing officer is not satisfied that you meet the required standard they will tell you why and give you the opportunity to do further work.
A tacit consent does not apply to this application.
If you are applying for a dog breeding licence you may also need to contact Planning and Business Rates in relation to use of your premises for business
A renewal application must be submitted to the licensing team prior to the 31 December each year. If a renewal application is not received along with the required fee of £145 by the 31 December, the granted licence will lapse.
A simplified online renewal form has been created for your ease, if you complete your dog breeding licence renewal online you will receive a discounted fee
Apply online to renew your dog breeding licence
You can apply online to change the following details on your dog breeding licence
Change of name
Change of home address
Add additional breeding dogs
Change the breed of dogs
Apply to change details on my licence
The licensing team are responsible for the licensing and compliance of Dog Breeders.
If a business holds a licence it should be on display in a prominent position at the premises.
Licence conditions are issued to all licensed dog breeding establishments which cover the premises need to
If you have concerns about premises operating under a licence, have a complaint or would like to report a business that you are concerned are operating without a licence you can contact us online.
Alternatively, you can email us:
Please ensure you provide as much information as you can to help us.
You will be required to give your name and contact details so that we can ensure that the complaint is genuine.
Your details will be kept confidential and will not be disclosed unless the investigation results in a prosecution at which stage your details would have to be disclosed.
If you would like to know who is licensed to breed dogs within the East Riding of Yorkshire area, please view our animal public register.
If you breed dogs for commercial gain then you will require a dog breeding licence.
If you are found to be operating without such a licence in place, the licensing team may prosecute you.
All cases will be investigated on an individual basis.
It is an offence under the Breeding of Dogs Act 1973 to breed dogs for commercial sale without the appropriate licence, the maximum penalty is a fine not exceeding £2500 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 months.