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Dog breeding licence

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Apply for a dog breeding licence

Animal welfare (licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018

As of 1 October 2018 the new Animal Welfare (licence of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 came into effect. The new regulations affect the following establishments:

  • Pet shops
  • Animal boarding establishments (commercial boarding kennels, catteries, home boarding and dog day care)
  • Dog breeding establishments
  • Riding establishments
  • Keepers and trainers of performing animals

Existing licences remain in force for the remainder of their term, under the current regulations in place. Renewal licences and all new licence applications after the 1 October 2018 will need to be made under the new regulations.

Licence Conditions

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


A dog breeding licence and renewal cost is £225.00 plus vet fees. This licence lasts for one full calendar year.

How to Apply

Before applying for a dog breeding licence, please call a member of the Animal Welfare team to discuss your business proposal. You can contact us during office opening hours on 02476 832 658 (Monday - Thursday 8.30am - 5pm and Fridays 8.30am - 4.30pm) Please note that if you require a licence for selling puppies from commercial premises, you will need planning permission before your application can be considered.

During the application process we will require the services of an approved Vet for which you will be charged.  

To apply for your licence, download and print the dog breeding application form. Please bring your completed form and a cheque payable to Coventry City Council to the Animal Welfare Team at:

Coventry Communication Centre
Jackson Road

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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