Richmondshire District Council

Anyone keeping a dog breeding establishment needs a licence from us.

As a general rule, a licence is needed when four or more litters are born in a 12-month rolling period.


The legislation relating to this licence is:

Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Act 1999

Breeding of Dogs Act 1991

Breeding of Dogs Act 1973

Applying for a licence

You can apply for a licence providing you haven't been disqualified from keeping animals, a pet shop, an animal boarding establishment or a dog breeding establishment.

After we receive your completed application form and fee, one of our officers will inspect the premises and we'll decide whether to grant the licence, with or without additional conditions, within three months of receiving the application.

If the application is for a new dog breeding establishment, the premises inspection will be carried out by one of our officers and an authorised vet. The applicant will be responsible for paying any fees relating to the vet's visit before the licence can be granted.


There are standard conditions relating to this licence.

The licence will be issued subject to compliance with the licence conditions and payment of the fee.

Public register

There's no public register but a list of current licensed dog breeding establishments is available on request.

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