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Dog breeding

Any premises which carries on a business of breeding dogs for sale must be licensed by the District Council.  This is irrespective of the number of litters produced in any one year.  A dog breeding establishment is being run if puppies are being sold commercially - as a business.  If you are not sure whether or not your proposal requires a licence it is best to check, to make sure you are operating legally.

You will also need to check with the District Council's Planning Team, or the Peak District National Park (Planning) Authority, depending on where your premises are situated, to find out if you will need a change of use or other type of planning permission. 

Duration of licence

Dog Breeding licences are renewable on 1st January (if granted before 1999) or on the      12 month anniversary of date of grant (if granted from January 2000).


From 1st April 2017 the following licence application fees will apply:

New Application for licence to operate a dog breeding establishment -

£140.00 plus all Vet inspection fees (and VAT on Vet fees) and

£16.00 (plus VAT) payable to Derbyshire Dales Licensing Authority for arrangement of Vet inspection.

Renewal Application for licence to operate a dog breeding establishment -

£98.00 plus all Vet inspection fees (and VAT on Vet fees) if inspection required; and

£16.00 (plus VAT) payable to Derbyshire Dales Licensing Authority for arrangement of any Vet inspection. 

Vet Inspection

All new applications will require a Vet inspection, and in some circumstances a Vet inspection may be needed before your renewal application can be determined.  In either case you will be invoiced separately for the total costs of the Vet inspection plus VAT.  The inspection will be arranged by the District Council, (not optional), and an arrangement fee plus VAT will be charged.

Am I eligible?

Eugo logoThe applicant must be over the age of 18 years.  Applicants must not have been previously disqualified under the:

Regulation summary

Breeding of Dogs Act of 1973

Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Act 1999

Department For Environment Food and Rural Affairs - Protecting pets from cruelty

How will my application be evaluated?

Applicants that have not previously been licensed to breed dogs at their current establishment must have the premises inspected by both a veterinary surgeon/practitioner and an officer of the District Council. For those applicants that have previously been granted a licence to breed dogs, an inspection will be undertaken by either an officer of the District Council or veterinary surgeon/practitioner, or both.

In determining whether to grant an application for a Dog Breeding licence, the District Council will take into consideration whether your operation does (or will) comply with the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health Officers' Model Licence Conditions.  These can be viewed here [PDF 1.16 MB].

What if I don't hear back within the specified time?

It is in the public interest that we must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within 28 days, please contact the Licensing Team.


Apply/renew application to run a dog breeding establishment [PDF 160KB]


What happens if my application is refused?

Please contact us in the first instance.

If you are refused a licence, or refused a licence renewal you may appeal to the local magistrates' court.  A new applicant, or an existing licence holder in the case of a renewal, may also appeal to the crown court against a decision of a magistrates' court.

Consumer complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first point of contact should be made with the business proprietor by you - preferably in the form of a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, please contact the Licensing Team  for assistance.

If you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Public registers

A list of currently licensed dog breeding establishments can be viewed here. {PDF 179 KB]

Trade associations

Pet Care Trust
Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
The Kennel Club 


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