Animal licensing

Breeding dogs

You must be licensed for dog breeding if you either:

  • breed 3 or more litters of puppies each year, unless you can show that none of the puppies have been sold
  • breed 1 or more litters of puppies and advertise a business selling them

You can be classed as a 'business', depending your activities, even if you're not formally registered as a business – check the Defra guidance notes at Canine and Feline Sector Group (CFSG): legislation and guidance.

Apply for a licence

The form below can be used to apply for different types of animal welfare licences and registration.

To apply for a dog breeding licence, you must complete sections 1, 3 and 7.

The completed form and relevant documents can be emailed to us at the address below.

Fees

For new or renewed licences, the grant fee can either be paid:

  • upon application – the full amount of grant fee will be refunded if the application is refused
  • following inspection, when the licence is ready to be issued
Licence activity Fee details Fee total
New licence £280 application fee, plus £75 grant fee if application is approved, plus vets fees for inspection £355 plus vets fees
Renewal £280 application fee, plus £75 grant fee if renewal is approved, plus vets fees for inspection £355 plus vets fees
Variation to licence £85 application fee, plus £137 inspection fee and any vets fees £222 plus vets fees
Re-evaluation of rating £85 application fee, plus £137 inspection fee and any vets fees £222 plus vets fees
Variation to reduce licensable activities or number of animals £85 application fee £85
Transfer of licence £85 application fee £85
Appeal £137 inspection fee, to be refunded if appeal is successful £137
Combination of licensable animal welfare activities £280 application fee, plus £140 per additional activity, plus £75 grant fee per activity if application is approved, plus vets fees for inspection £355 plus £215 per additional activity, plus vets fees

Licence conditions

For government guidance on applying and the conditions you'll need to meet, go to GOV.UK: Dog breeding licence.

To read the government's guidance for licensing authorities, go to GOV.UK: Animal activities licensing – statutory guidance for local authorities.

Check a licence

You can check online whether a dog breeder is licensed in Thurrock.

Search licensing records