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Dog breeding

You must have a licence to run a dog breeding business, and meet the licensing standards and conditions. This includes breeding three or more litters of puppies in any 12-month period, or breeding dogs and advertising a business of selling dogs.

Apply for a licence

The total fee payable is shown below. This amount consists of the initial administration fee payable with the application and the subsequent enforcement fee payable by credit/debit card prior to the issue of a licence.

Type of licence

Total fee

Initial payment

Final payment

New- with kennels




Renewal – with kennels






New – domestic dwelling




Renewal – domestic dwelling




What happens next?

We'll send an officer to visit your premises. They'll check you're complying with the law in respect of health and safety and the welfare of the animals.

If you pass the inspections, we'll issue you a licence. This licence is subject to the Government's standard conditions.