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Dog breeding licence

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  1. Dog breeding licence
  2. Do I need a dog breeding licence?
  1. Apply for a dog breeding licence

If you breed and sell three litters in any 12 month period as a business, either from home, online or from commercial premises, you must have a licence. 

The Animal Welfare (licence of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 came into effect on 1 October 2018.


The costs for a dog breeding licence and renewal is £225 plus vet fees.

This licence lasts for one full calendar year.

Existing licences granted before 1 October 2018 remain in force for the remainder of their term under the current regulations in place.

Renewal licences and all new licence applications after 1 October 2018 will need to be made under the new regulations.

Licence conditions

For full licence conditions, please check the DEFRA guidance notes.

Your right to appeal

Any person who does not agree with a refusal to be granted a licence, or with any condition given with a licence, may appeal to the Magistrates Court.

Animal welfare


Tel: 07976 736957

Coventry City Council

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