Dog breeders licence

If you intend to breed dogs for sale, you need a licence regardless of the type of property you are operating from, even if it is your home.

Definition of a breeding establishment

The 1999 Act amends the definition of a breeding establishment in the 1973 Act. A breeding establishment is defined as any premises where the business of breeding dogs for sale is carried out.

The reference to five litters per establishment per year within the legislation should not be considered a minimum threshold for requiring a licence. To be clear, an establishment breeding less than five litters would require a licence, where the dogs are bred for sale as a business.


On receiving an application, we will arrange for an approved veterinary surgeon and one of our licensing inspectors to inspect the premises and animals concerned. We will notify you within 3 months whether your application is successful. If the application is refused you can appeal to the Magistrates' Court.

Guidance notes

Model licence conditions and guidance for dog breeding establishments


The cost of a licence is £ 419.  Cheques to be made payable to: "Bromley LB"


Duration of Licence

Licences remain in force until the end of the year to which it relates and the latter is determined by the applicant as being either the year in which it is granted or the following year. In the first case, the year in which it is granted, the licence comes into force on the day it is granted and expires on 31 December of that year, in the second case, the year following that in which it is granted, it comes into force on the 1 January of that year and expires on 31 December of that year.