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Dog Breeding

Establishments used for the breeding of dogs are controlled by the Breeding of Dogs Act 1973 (as amended).

If you want to run a breeding establishment in the New Forest you must first obtain a licence from us. A breeding establishment is defined as any premises where a total of 5 or more litters are produced for the purpose of sale in any 12 month period. You can make an application either by completing this adobe icon application form [87kb] and returning it to us, or by completing this online application form. The cost of a licence is detailed in the Fees and Charges until 31 March 2018.

The duration of the licence is for one year. A new licence will be effective from either the day requested by the applicant or the day the licence is granted, whichever is the later. Where a licence is to be renewed, the application should be made before expiry of the existing licence. This will allow it to run consecutively.

The applicant must be able to demonstrate to the Council's Licensing Inspector:

  • That the dogs will at all times be kept in accommodation that is suitable 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, 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, including the provision of isolation facilities.
  • That appropriate steps will be taken for the protection of the dogs in case of fire or other emergency, including the provision of suitable and sufficient fire fighting equipment.
  • That all appropriate steps will be taken to ensure that the dogs will be provided with suitable food drink and bedding material and adequately exercised when being transported to or from the breeding establishment.
  • That the applicant was not previously disqualified under any relevant Act.

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 the Council. In addition to the standard conditions a licence may also contain special conditions that are only applicable to your premises.

A copy of the Breeding of Dogs Act 1973 and the Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Act 1999 can be viewed by following the links.

Updated: 14 Apr 2015
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