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Under the Breeding of Dogs Act 1973, as amended by the Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Act 1999, you must obtain a licence if you intend to keep a breeding establishment for dogs (a breeding establishment means any premises where more than two bitches are kept for the purposes of breeding for sale).

Before being granted a licence, the applicant must be able to demonstrate to the Council's Amimal welfare Officer 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.

Apply for a licence

New dog breeding licence:

Renew a licence:


Ways to pay:

  • Pay online
  • Pay over the phone: 0161 770 6611 (select option 2).

A Dog Breeding Licence costs:

  • £107.10 (excluding VAT and veterinary charges)