Breeding dogs

Information about licensing of dog breeding establishments

If you want to breed dogs for sale you will need to apply to the council for a licence under the Breeding of Dogs Acts of 1973 This link will take you to an external website... and 1991 This link will take you to an external website...

There are conditions attached to the licence you will need to achieve, which aim to protect the welfare of your dogs, maintain standards in the management of the their accommodation, as well as ensure the correct precautions are taken against disease. Please note we may amend these conditions to suit individual circumstances.

View details of the licence conditions (12.9 KB) PDF .

Application charges

This licence needs to be renewed annually and requires the payment of the appropriate fee (and runs from January to December). Full fees for the calendar year must be paid in full when the application is made.

View the current fees for dog breeders.


We aim to issue the licence or give reasons why a licence was not granted within three months of receipt of a complete application form where the licence fee has been paid in full.

Licenses expire on 31 December each year irrespective of the issue date.


For first applications (and some other circumstances) a site visit will need to be conducted during the consideration of the application to check the facilities of the proposed premises.  There is no deemed approval of applications until a licence is granted or you are informed that the licence will not be issued.

Renewal of licences

Licences expire on 31 December each year.  A licence will only be reissued on receipt of a new application and the appropriate fee.

Appeals and complaints

If you have concerns about how your application is handled the first point of contact will be the case officer dealing with your application.  If you are still not satisfied you can lodge a complaint firstly with their line manager. 

If you are dissatisfied with a decision not to issue a licence or by one or more of the conditions attached to your licence you can appeal to the magistrates court.   This link will take you to an external website...

Other considerations

The following matters are not directly taken into account when considering applications, but you are strongly encouraged to ensure that you have taken account of these issues before applying for a licence (this list is not intended to be exhaustive or comprehensive):

Contact us

An application form can be found under the Downloads section of this page.  If you have an enquiry about a licence please contact Environmental Protection.

Last reviewed: 09 - 04 - 2018

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