Dog Breeding Licence

Any person who keeps a breeding establishment for dogs needs to be licensed under the Animal Welfare (Breeding of Dogs) (Wales) Regulations 2014.

 

Vale-of-Glamorgan-Council-logoDepartment: 

Licensing Team, Vale of Glamorgan Council, Civic Office, Holton Road, Barry, CF63 4RU

 

Please download all the documents below irrespective of whether you are applying for the grant or renewal of a licence.

 

 

Application Process

The licence is required whether or not the activity is for commercial gain.

 

To obtain the licence you must first submit an application form and a written Enhancement and Enrichment Plan and a Socialisation Plan as well as a report from a Veterinary Surgeon confirming that the breeding bitches and stud dogs are fit to be used in the breeding establishment. These should be sent along with the required fee to the licensing section. 

 

You may wish to seek advice from your own veterinary surgeon or other suitably qualified person when completing these programmes. Alternatively the links below may help you complete these programmes.

 

All new premises will also be inspected by the council’s approved Veterinary Practitioner, which will incur an additional fee and by an officer of the Authority, to ensure that the accommodation is suitable; the arrangements for ensuring dogs receive adequate food, drink and bedding material and a schedule for visiting and exercising dogs at suitable intervals. Satisfactory precautions also have to be in place to prevent and control the spread of diseases among dogs and that dogs are protected in case of fire or other emergency.

 

Renewal applications will be required to submit a Health and Welfare Report with their application, which has been compiled by their veterinary practitioner. This report must not be dated more than 3 months prior to the commencement of the licence.

 

Tacit Consent

No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact us.

 

The target time is 90 calendar days.

 

Background and Eligibility Criteria

The regulations state that a Dog Breeding Licence is required where a person keeps 3 or more breeding bitches and:

 

  • Breeds 3 or more litters of puppies in any 12 month period OR

  • Advertises 3 or more litters of puppies in any 12 month period OR

  • Supplies puppies born from 3 or more litters in any 12 month period OR

  • Advertises a business of breeding or selling puppies from those premises

A breeding bitch is defined as a bitch over 6 months of age which has not been neutered. 

 

Conditions

 

 

Fees

Application for the grant of a licence: £211.00

All costs associated with determining the application of the licence or any veterinary costs incurred by the Vale of Glamorgan Council during the period of the licence will be charged to the licence holder. 

Complaint and Other Redress

  • Failed Application Redress

    Please contact the Licensing Team in the first instance:

    Tel: 01446 709105

     

    Email: licensing@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk

     

    Any person aggrieved by a refusal to be granted a licence may appeal to the Magistrates Courts who may give such directions regarding the licence or its conditions as it thinks proper.

     
  •  Licence Holder Redress

    Please contact the Licensing Team in the first instance:

    Tel: 01446 709105

    Email: licensing@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk

     

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

  •  Consumer Complaint
     

    We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you, preferably in the form of a letter with proof of delivery. 

     

    If that has not worked and you are located in the UK Consumer Direct will be able to give you advice.    

     

    If you have a complaint from across Europe contact the UK European Consumer 

 

Regulations and Guidance

 

If you have any animal welfare concerns for animals within a breeding establishment or believe a person is breeding without a licence please contact Shared Regulatory Services on: