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Dog breeding licences

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.

Do I need a licence to breed dogs?

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:

Email: licensing@eastriding.gov.uk

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.

How do I apply for a dog breeding licence?

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: licensing@eastriding.gov.uk.

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.

  • Protection of Animals Act 1911
  • Breeding and Sale of Dogs Act 1973 as amended by the Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Act 1991 and 1999
  • Animal Welfare Legislation
  • Dog Control legislation
  • Animal Welfare Act 2006.

New dog breeding licence application form (word 1.92mb, opens in new window)

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. 

Fees

Application for a new dog breeding establishment - £200 + vets costs.

Processing your application

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.

What other permissions may I need?

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.

How do I renew my dog breeding licence?

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 £160 by the 31 December, the granted licence will lapse.

Dog breeding licence renewal application (word 1mb, opens in new window) 

A tacit consent does not apply to this application.

Who regulates dog breeding?

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 ensure:

  • that all dogs are kept in accommodation suitable to the number of occupants, exercising facilities, temperature, lighting, ventilation and cleanliness
  • all dogs are adequately supplied with suitable food, drink and bedding materials, and exercised at suitable intervals
  • reasonable precautions are taken to prevent and control the spread of infectious or contagious diseases
  • appropriate steps are taken for the protection of dogs in the case or a fire or other emergency
  • all dogs are provided with suitable food, drink and bedding material and exercised when being transported to or from the breeding establishment
  • that bitches are not mated if they are less then 1 year old
  • that bitches do not give birth to more than 6 litters in their lifetime
  • that bitches do not give birth to puppies before the period of 12 months beginning on the day in which they last gave birth to puppies
  • That accurate records are kept as prescribed regulation and kept at the premises for inspection.

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 contact us via email:

Email: licensing@eastriding.gov.uk

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.

How do I know who is licensed to breed dogs?

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.

What happens if I do not apply for a dog breeding licence?

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.

Last Updated: Tuesday, 03 April 2018