Dog breeding licence
If you breed dogs in County Durham with the intention of selling them for profit then you will require a licence from us.
The legislation applies to all dog breeding, regardless of the number of litters per year.
All dogs that you sell must be microchipped and a sticker with a chip number should be provided to the buyer.
Apply for a licence
You must read and meet the contact us.before a licence can be issued. For further advice on the conditions please
To apply for a licence complete theand return to the address on the form with the required fee.
In addition to the application form and fee, we also require the following documents:
- A site plan
- Employers Liability Insurance certificate, if you have staff
- Any training certificates you or your staff hold
We will also contact other agencies to check if you are a suitable person to run this type of business.
The current fee is £150 for a new application and £125 for a renewal. Re-issue of a licence within the licence period due to material changes costs £20. Visits to check compliance will be charged at the relevant officer hourly rate in addition to the licence fee.
This is an application fee and is non-refundable if you decide not to go ahead with the licence. In addition if you do not meet the conditions of the licence and your application is rejected you will need to pay the application fee again if you reapply.
All new breeding establishments are required to pay a fee for a visit by a veterinary practitioner appointed by us. The fee varies and will be approximately £150 to £300 depending on the number of bitches you have and the conditions found at the time of the visit.
You will need to check if your premise requires planning permission. You can submit an application before receiving approval from the Planning Department, however if the planning permission is rejected the licence will be cancelled and no refund will be available for the application fee.
Issuing of the licence
We aim to process all applications within 60 days from receipt. All outstanding veterinary fees must be settled before your licence will be approved. If you have not heard from us by the end of the target completion period you have the legal right to act as though your application has been granted.
Once issued the licence is valid for one year.
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If you require advice prior to submission of an application, have concerns regarding a premises breeding dogs or would like to make a complaint, please contact us.