Dog breeding licences

Anyone who breeds dogs must have a licence from the Council in order to regulate and ensure the welfare and socialisation needs of the dogs are met.  Breeding establishments are subject to annual inspections by Council officers.

As part of The Welfare of Animals (Dog Breeding Establishments and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 anyone who owns three or more breeding bitches or intends to breed more than three litters of puppies a year for sale must apply to us for a dog breeding establishment licence.  A breeding establishment is defined as one or more premises, within the same area, operated by the same person and from which that person keeps three or more breeding bitches, and 

  • breeds three or more litters of puppies in any 12 month period
  • advertises three or more litters of puppies for sale in any 12 month period
  • supplies three or more litters of puppies in any 12 month period, or
  • advertises a business of breeding or selling of puppies.

If you plan to operate a dog breeding establishment within the Borough, then you must apply to us for a licence.  We will regulate dog breeding establishments to make sure that they meet the minimum standards of accommodation, environment, mating, whelping, behaviour, socialisation and health. 

There are different fees for each breeding establishment depending on the number of bitches kept there

  • 10 or less bitches: £150
  • 11 to 15 bitches: £200
  • 26 to 50 bitches: £250
  • 51 to 100 bitches: £300
  • 101 to 200 bitches: £350
  • 200 or more bitches: £350 plus £50 for every additional 100 bitches

It is an offence for any person to operate a Dog Breeding Establishment without having the appropriate Dog Breeding Establishment Licence or to contravene any condition of the Licence.  Any person found guilty of such an offence shall be liable, on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding level 5 (£5000) or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months, or both.

Apply for a Dog Breeding Licence
Dog breeders application form

Contact us
Should you wish to apply for a Dog Breeding Establishment Licence please contact us. All applications will be subject to inspection of the Establishment.