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Dog breeding licence

Dog breeders must hold a licence issued under the Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Act 1999.

A breeding establishment is defined as anywhere where 5 or more litters of puppies are produced in any 12 months, and any of the puppies are sold.

An inspection of the premises is undertaken before the licence is issued to assess suitability on criteria similar to those for animal boarding establishments. A fee is payable. The licence is renewable on an annual basis.

View the Christchurch and East Dorset licence conditions.

Apply for a licence

Complete the relevant application form to apply for a new licence or renew an existing one and return it to the your local council along with the application fee:

If it is considered necessary for a vet to inspect the premises then additional fees will be charged to cover these costs.

Tacit consent

Tacit consent doesn't apply to this licence. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact us using the details below.

Refused applications

Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance. Any applicant who is refused a licence can appeal to their local Magistrates court.

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