Dog breeding licence

You will need a licence if you breed five or more litters in a 12 month period and intend to sell them. A licence is to ensure that animal welfare standards and consumer regulations are met. When a new or renewal application is made, a vet will make an inspection before a licence is given. The fees for this inspection will be recharged to the applicant.


An annual dog breeding licence from Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council is £205.


You need to apply to the licensing authority where you are operating. This is usually the local council.  If you do not know who that is, visit: Gov.UK, find your local council

In west Suffolk there are two licensing authorities, Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council.

Dog breeding application form


There are certain conditions that need to be met if a licence is to be issued.

Standard Conditions for Licensed Animal Boarding, Dog Breeding and Pet Shop Establishments

How long is my licence valid for?
A licence is valid from 1 January to the 31 December. There is no reduction in cost for licences issued part way through the year.

Does tacit authorisation apply?
Yes, a decision should be reached within 42 days.