Dog breeding

If you breed dogs as a business or produce for sale five or more litters of puppies per year, you must be licensed under the Breeding of Dogs Act 1973 as amended by the Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Act 1999. Hobby breeders are normally exempt.

On receipt of an application, and assessment of the information provided, an officer will arrange to visit the premises. It may also be necessary for a report to be obtained from a veterinary surgeon or practitioner. On grant of a licence, conditions will be imposed and details provided of records that must be kept. Once granted, a licence will be valid for one year and is renewable annually.

Licence application form and guidance notes

Application for a licence to keep a breeding establishment [29kb PDF]


Return your application form to:

Animal Welfare
Brighton & Hove City Council
2nd Floor Bartholomew House
Bartholomew Square


Tel: (01273) 292170