Dog Breeding Licence

Information and advice on how to apply for a Dog Breeding Licence

Licence summary

You must have a licence from the local authority if you wish to keep a breeding establishment for dogs, under the  Breeding of Dogs Act 1973Breeding of Dogs Act 1991 and Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Act 1999.

A breeding establishment is defined as follows:

  1. A person keeps a breeding establishment for dogs at any premises if he/she carries on at those premises a business of breeding dogs for sale
  2. A person whose bitch or bitches give birth to five or more litters in any 12 month period is presumed to be carrying on a dog breeding business
  3. In general, a breeder whose rate of litter production brings him/her within this category will have to be licensed
  4. Bitches count towards the qualifying total if they are kept at any time during the 12 month period by the applicant/license holder at the premises at which he/she is carrying on the business of breeding dogs for sale; or if they are kept at those premises by any of his/her relatives
  5. Premises include a private dwelling

Eligibility criteria

In order to be granted the licence the following conditions need to be satisfied:

  1. That the dogs will at all times be kept in accommodation suitable as respects construction, size of quarters, numbers of occupants, exercising facilities, temperature, lighting, ventilation and cleanliness
  2. That the dogs will be adequately supplied with suitable food, drink and bedding material, adequately exercised, and visited at suitable intervals
  3. That all reasonable precautions will be taken to prevent and control the spread among dogs of infectious or contagious diseases
  4. That appropriate steps will be taken for the protection of the dogs in case of fire or other emergency
  5. That all appropriate steps will be taken for the protection of the dogs in case of fire or other emergency
  6. That all appropriate steps will be taken to ensure that the dogs will be provided with suitable food, drink and bedding material and adequately exercised when being transported to or from the breeding establishment
  7. That bitches are not mated if they are less than one year old
  8. That bitches do not give birth to more than six litters of puppies each
  9. That bitches do not give birth to puppies before the end of the period of twelve months beginning with the day on which they last gave birth to puppies
  10. That accurate records in a form prescribed by regulations are kept at the premises and made available for inspection there by any officer of the local authority, or any veterinary surgeon or veterinary practitioner.

Veterinary Inspection

A vet shall inspect the premises initially ensuring that such conditions are met.

Regulation summary

Breeding of Dogs Act 1973Breeding of Dogs Act 1991 and Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Act 1999.

Application evaluation process

A fee is payable to South Somerset District Council should be submitted with the application form.  If the application is rejected the enforcement element of the fee, which is £20.00, will be refunded.

This fee does not include the cost of the vet inspecting the premises, to ensure that the conditions meet the requirements of the  Breeding of Dogs Act 1973Breeding of Dogs Act 1991 and Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Act 1999.

The cost of the veterinary inspection is not included in the application fee and will be invoiced to the applicant(s).

Will tacit consent apply?

Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the local authority by the end of the target completion period of 90 days from receipt of completed application.

If you are submitting this application by post tacit consent will only apply when the business can show proof of delivery from the Post Office or recognised courier.

Timescales for processing an application do not start until all the necessary information has been received in full.

How to apply

You can apply by completing a Dog Breeding Licence application form.

Failed application redress

In the first instance please contact:

The Licensing Manager
Licensing Service
South Somerset District Council
The Council Offices
Brympton Way
Yeovil
Somerset
BA20 2HT

Telephone: 01935 462462

Contact the Licensing team online.

Any applicant who is refused a licence can appeal to the local Magistrates' court. The appeal must be bought within 6 month's of receiving written notice of the authority's decision.

The Magistrates Court
Petters Way
Yeovil
Somerset
BA20 1SW

Telephone: 01935 426281

Licence holder redress

In the first instance please contact:

The Licensing Manager
Licensing Service
South Somerset District Council
The Council Offices
Brympton Way
Yeovil
Somerset
BA20 2HT

Telephone: 01935 462462

Contact the Licensing team online.

If a licence holder wishes to appeal against a condition attached to a licence they may appeal to the local Magistrates' Court. The appeal must be made within 6 months of the licence being issued.

We may alter conditions at any time but must give licence holders the opportunity to make representations about the proposed changes. If a licence holder disagrees with the alterations they may appeal to the local Magistrates' court. The appeal must be made within six months of the written notification of the alteration and a notice of appeal must be served on the local district council.

The Magistrates Court
Petters Way
Yeovil
Somerset
BA20 1SW

Telephone: 01935 426281

Consumer complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Other redress

None.

Trade associations

Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

Pet Care Trust

Kennel Club

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