Dog Breeding Licence

Breeding of Dogs Acts 1973 & 1991, Breeding & Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Act 1999

A breeding establishment is defined as any premises where the business of breeding of dogs for sale is carried on. A person will be presumed to be carrying on a business where, during any 12 month period, five or more litters are born to their bitch / bitches. A decision as to whether a breeder with bitches producing fewer than five litters a year needs to be licensed will depend on whether the breeder concerned is carrying on a business: this can only be determined by the local authority on the facts of the case. 
Requirements for dog breeders include:

  • That bitches are not mated if they are less than one year old.
  • That bitches do not give birth to more than six litters of puppies each.
  • That bitches do not give birth to puppies before the end of the 12 months beginning the day on which they last gave birth.
  • That accurate records are kept.

Winchester City Council is responsible for licensing establishments, shops or individuals that are involved in activities concerning animals. Licences run from the date they are issued for a 12 month period and are renewable annually. The licence charges are listed below.


Winchester City Council must impose any conditions on the licence that it considers to be necessary, such as:

  • Animals will be kept in accommodation that is suitable regarding size, temperature, lighting, ventilation, and cleanliness.
  • Animals will be supplied with adequate food, drink, and bedding material.
  • Animals will be adequately exercised and visited regularly.
  • Precautions will be taken to prevent the spread of infectious or contagious diseases.
  • Appropriate steps will be taken in case of fire or other emergency.

Refusal of licence

Licenses may be refused, cancelled or revoked for several reasons (please note that not all the restrictions are relevant to all licenses). The courts may disqualify applicants from holding an animal licence for a set period of time:

  • If the applicant is under 18.
  • If the applicant has been disqualified from holding an animal licence or keeping an animal.
  • If conditions of the licence are not met.


The fees for Animal Licensing in 2017/18 are as follows:

Dog Breeders - £163.00 for licence and one initial inspection. For a new application, the premises requires a veterinary inspection; the applicant must meet the cost for this. Renewal inspections will not usually require a vet.  Additional costs will be charged if further inspections are required to ensure compliance with licensing conditions before issuing.

Methods of Payment:
1. Credit/Debit card.
Telephone 01962 840 222 Ext 2172 and your details will be taken.
2. Online. Use the blue Pay button above the A to Z on our web pages. Choose Miscellaneous Payments. A new window appears. Choose Miscellaneous Payments again. Choose Animal Welfare from the list. Select the appropriate licence type and click on it. You are taken to an online form. Fill in the details and put the name of your premises in the message box. Remember to alter the amount to the correct fee.
3. New applicants. As you will need to pay the cost of a veterinary inspection, it would be best not to make any payment at this stage. You will receive a single invoice after the veterinary inspection for the full amount that you owe.

Click on this link to apply and pay online

Alternatively, you can download the application form below and Email it to