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.

You will need a licence if you want to breed dogs and are breeding:

  • three or more litters of puppies per year (unless you can show that none of the puppies has been sold)
  • puppies and advertising a business of selling puppies, irrespective of the number bred each year (subject to a number of exemptions).

If you are unsure if you fit into these categories please email your query to licensing@bromley.gov.uk.

Animal welfare

Under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, we are responsible for licensing all establishments involved in animal activities. These licenses changed on 1 October 2018 under the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animal England) Regulations 2018.  The legislation is accompanied by new nationally set licence conditions.


All premises will be inspected before the licence is granted. The inspector will be looking to make sure the applicant has the following:

  • A specialist knowledge in the species they are caring for and a clear understanding of its needs and welfare - i.e. mental and physical health, feeding, and knowledge of environmental enrichment.
  • Comprehensive records that contain all the information required by the conditions that apply to their particular activities.
  • An understanding of risks involved in caring for the animal, including an extensive risk assessment and written policies and procedures that are reviewed regularly. These documents should be available for the Inspector to examine.
  • Training procedures in place to make sure staff know what is expected of them and clear evidence of good supervision of staff.


There are two parts to the fee.

Part A – Is payable when you make your application and is made up of a fee for processing your application and a veterinary inspection.

 Part B – Is payable after the inspection if you are successful in being granted a licence.  The fee is dependent on the risk rating your establishment receives during its inspection.

There is a reduced fee for licence renewals, see Schedule of animal activity licensing fees (PDF - 169.77 KB).  Cheques to be made payable to: LB Bromley.

Guidance notes

FAQs for new animal activity licensing regulations (PDF - 335.75 KB)

Guidance: dog breeders (PDF - 605.54 KB)


Download and complete the dog breeders application/renewal form and return with the fee to the licensing team.

Licenced dog breeders in the London Borough of Bromley

Details of current licenced dog breeders in the London Borough of Bromley can be found by searching animal welfare licences.


Address: Public Protection, Civic Centre, Stockwell Close, Bromley, BR1 3UH

Telephone: 0208 313 4218