Dog breeding licence

You must have a dog breeding licence if you breed and sell dogs.

A vet or other inspector will visit and want to see that your dogs:

  • live in suitable accommodation
  • receive adequate food, water and bedding
  • get enough exercise
  • are transported in safe and comfortable conditions
  • are protected in case of fire or other emergency
  • are protected from the spread of disease


New breeders pay the fees listed below. Existing breeders pay the fees listed below, minus the vet fees.

  1 year licence 2 year licence 3 year licence
Application fee £156.00 £156.00 £156.00
Compliance visit £119.00 £119.00 £119.00
Annual enforcement visit   £67.00 £134.00
Total £275.00 + vet fee £342.00 + vet fee £409.00 + vet fee

Apply now

Download the application form and return to

Pay online

You can pay for your licence online right now using our secure payment system. Make sure to select the correct service from the left-hand side.


You can find the current Animal Welfare Regulations here:


A dog breeding licence is subject to terms and conditions:

You can find the current Animal Welfare Guidance here:

Breeding guidance from the Kennel Club:

Officer decisions

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Tell us about a licensing issue here:

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