Dog breeding licence

 The Council has statutory duties to license the keeping, selling, boarding, displaying or hiring out of animals these are: 

  • The keeping of an animal boarding establishment.
  • The keeping of any animal controlled by the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976.
  • Keeping a dog breeding establishment.
  • Carrying on from a premise the business of selling pet animals.
  • The hiring out of horses for payment.
  •  Exhibiting to the public wild animals for more than seven consecutive days in any twelve-month period.
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This ensures that legal standards are met for animal safety and welfare and, in some cases, for the safety of the public.

If you have any questions or need help completing the forms, then please contact the Council’s licensing department.

Please note that planning permission may be required to carry on the above activities.

Licences are required for the breeding of dogs

Any person(s) keeping a breeding establishment for dogs.  A person is keeping a breeding establishment for dogs if at any premises they carry on a business of breeding dogs for sale. Any breeder whose bitch or bitches give birth to five or more litters in any twelve-month period is presumed to be carrying on a dog breeding business.  An expanded explanatory note is available from the area licensing office.

Application forms can be obtained from the Council's area licensing offices.  You will need to complete an application form and return it together with the fee to the area licensing office.

Please view the current licensing fees and charges to find out how much you will need to pay.

When we receive your application we will arrange for an authorised officer or veterinary surgeon to inspect the premises. If their report is acceptable we will notify you of the proposed conditions that will be attached to the licence before it is issued.

Upon application for renewal of licence, the Council will send an authorised officer of the Council to inspect the premises. If the inspecting officer's report is satisfactory, we will notify you of the proposed conditions to be attached to the licence before it is renewed.

On certain occasions a vet may recommend that a licence is not issued. If  the Council agrees and decides not to issue a licence, you have a right of appeal to the Magistrates Court against that decision.

Please contact your local area licensing office if you require further information.

The Cornwall Council is committed to giving an equal service to all.  This means that customers should not be treated any differently because of their gender, race, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion.

Things can go wrong, and we can make mistakes.  If you are not happy with the service you have received, or the way you have been treated, we want to know.  This helps us to improve the service we provide.

It is best to try to settle the complaint directly with the staff responsible and at the time you are unhappy with the service let us know by:

  • Telling a member of staff
  • Completing a comments, compliments and complaints form
  • Writing, telephoning or e-mailing

Please follow this link to view the current list of dog breeders licensed through Cornwall Council.