On the 1 October 2018, the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 (SI 2018 No. 486) came into force. These regulations replace a number of pieces of legislation and provide a new single licensing regime for a number of animal licensing activities. One of these activities is the breeding of dogs.
Licences held under the current system for dog breeding will remain in force until the 1 January 2019.
Specific Requirements for Breeding of Dogs
Either or both of the following-
- breeding three or more litters of puppies in any 12-month period
- breeding dogs and advertising a business of selling dogs
The activity described above does not include-
- keeping a dog on any premises pursuant to a requirement imposed under, or having effect by virtue of the Animal Health Act 1981
- breeding only assistance dogs or dogs intended to be used as assistance dogs within the meaning of Section 173 of the Equality Act 2010, or
- breeding three or more litters of puppies in any 12-month period if the person carrying on the activity provides documentary evidence that none of them have been sold (whether as puppies or as adult dogs).
Applicant requirements and further information
Details concerning applicant requirements, conditions, and offences can be found in the Guidance (pdf 603 kb) as issued by DEFRA.
How to apply
Any application made to us for a licence must be made by the individual(s) or body corporate who/which proposes to own and operate the business. Application Form (pdf 409 kb)
Requests for application forms can be made by email: email@example.com or by phone: (0191) 2116121
Application Form (pdf 409 kb)
The licence will be issued subject to compliance with the licence conditions and payment of the licence fee.
There is a fee payable upon application and subject to an annual renewal. However, should we require the expertise of an animal specialist this may incur further costs at your expense before a Licence is issued.
Your application for a licence will need to consider whether planning permission is required for the proposed licensed activity. You should contact the Planning Authority via firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0191 2115654 to discuss whether permission will be needed. Your application for a licence will not be processed until the planning issue has been decided.
Right of appeal
Any person aggrieved by a refusal to be granted a licence or by any conditions to which a licence is subject may appeal to a First Tier Tribunal.
If you want to make a complaint about any business activity involving the breeding of dogs that you may be concerned about, please contact us.
If you feel we have failed to provide you with good service or are concerned about the progress of your application, please telephone the Trading Standards service. The Trading Standards service will endeavour to resolve any concerns you may have.
The Council also has a formal complaints procedure.
Visit the Department for Food and Rural Affairs website.
Copies of the Regulations can be viewed at the Trading Standards Service, Directorate of Operations and Regulatory Services, City of Newcastle upon Tyne, Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8QH, where you may also obtain an application form and further help or advice.
- Pet Care Trust: www.petcare.org.uk
- The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons: www.rcvs.org.uk
- The Kennel Club: www.thekennelclub.org.uk
Copies of the legislation mentioned on this page can be purchased from Her Majesty's Stationery Office or can be accessed at OPSI.
Please note: This information has no legal force and is not an authoritative interpretation of the law, which is a matter for the Courts. It is intended to help businesses to understand in general terms, the main features of the legislation. The information is not a substitute for the legislation and you should refer to the text of the legislation for a full statement of legal requirements and obligations. Where appropriate, you should seek your own independent legal advice.
For further information or clarification please contact the Trading Standards Service, Directorate of Operations and Regulatory Services, City of Newcastle upon Tyne, Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8QH. Phone: 0191 2116121