Dog Breeding Licence

To be able to breed dogs, you need a licence

Establishments used for the breeding of dogs are controlled by the Breeding of Dogs Act 1973.

No person may keep a breeding establishment in Bournemouth without first obtaining a licence from us.

If you sell puppies from four or more litters in twelve months you will also need a dog breeding licence.

To apply or renew a licence for a Dog Breeding Licence please complete the application form.

Read the accompanying conditions and pay the application fee of £110.00 for new applications or £52.00 for a renewal application.


Before being granted a licence the applicant must be able to demonstrate to our Licensing Inspector:

  • that dogs will at all times be kept in accommodation that is suitable. This is in respect of construction, size of quarters, number of occupants, exercising facilities, temperature, lighting, ventilation and cleanliness.
  • that the dogs will be adequately supplied with suitable food, drink and bedding material. They will be adequately exercised, and (so far as is necessary) visited at suitable intervals.
  • that all reasonable precautions will be taken to prevent and control the spread amongst the dogs of infectious or contagious diseases. This includes the provision of isolation facilities.
  • that appropriate steps will be taken for the protection of the dogs in case of fire or other emergency. This includes the provision of suitable and sufficient fire fighting equipment.
  • that all appropriate steps will be taken to ensure the dogs are provided with suitable food, drink and bedding material. They will be adequately exercised when being transported to or from the breeding establishment.

Licence conditions

Where a licence is granted, that licence and any subsequent licence will expire on the 31st December of the year to which the licence relates. It must be renewed before that date if the premises are to continue as a dog breeding establishment.

  • A licence may be refused or withheld on other grounds if those grounds are such that conditions are not suitable for the breeding of dogs.
  • Each licence is subject to standard conditions that are imposed on all dog breeding establishments licensed by us.
  • In addition to the standard conditions a licence may also contain special conditions that are only applicable to your premises.

Your rights of appeal

Any person aggrieved by a refusal to be granted a licence or by any condition to which a licence is subject may appeal to the Magistrates Court. The Courts may give such directions regarding the licence or its conditions as it thinks proper.

Offences and penalties

The following offences apply to the breeding of dogs.

  • anybody found guilty of keeping a dog breeding establishment without a licence may be subject to a fine not exceeding £2,500.
  • anybody found guilty of failing to comply with the conditions of their licence may be subject to a fine not exceeding £2,500.
  • anybody found guilty of obstructing, delaying an Inspector or authorised Veterinary Surgeon or Veterinary Practitioner in the exercising of their powers may be fined up to a maximum of £1,000.
  • If found guilty under this Act, the defendants licence may be cancelled. They may also be disqualified from keeping a dog breeding establishment for such length of time as the Court thinks fit.

Dog Breeding Register

Business establishments currently registered as dog breeders within the Bournemouth Borough are listed in the table below.

Name Street Town Post Code
Mrs McCoy 116 Gladstone Road East Bournemouth BH7 6HQ

Making a complaint about a Dog Breeding Establishment

If you wish to make a complaint about a dog breeder, please contact us as detailed below.