If you breed three or more litters of puppies in any 12 month period OR you breed dogs and advertise a business of selling dogs, as defined by The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 , you will be required to obtain an animal activity licence from Salford City Council. This includes the breeding of dogs from a private dwelling.
Further guidance on whether you are a ‘business’ can be found on the animal licensing page.
In order to obtain an animal activity licence, you need to ensure that you meet the specific licence conditions which relate to that activity. The conditions relating to breeding dogs can be found in the legislation detailed above and DEFRA has produced a guidance note for the breeding of dogs, to assist licence holders comply. The link to this guidance is detailed below and a PDF version is available at the bottom of this page:
Environmental health officers will inspect the premises to check compliance with the legislation, licence conditions and assess the welfare of the animals to ensure they have the following:
As well as checking general health and safety requirements (in non-domestic premises).
The fees for breeding dogs varies dependant on the type of premises and are payable in two parts:
Please be aware that if you are applying for more than one licensable activity such as breeding and boarding of dogs then the higher application fee will apply, plus an additional £79 for every other activity applied for.
The table below summarises the dog breeding fees:
|Type||New application cost||Renewal application cost|
|Number of years||Type||New application cost||Renewal application cost|
|Variation||£79 per hour of officer time (this will vary depending on the variation to the licence being requested)|
£79 plus the grant fee
All the above fees do not include any charges incurred from a vet inspection which if required will have to be paid in addition to the licensing fee. A variation fee will be charged for any required changes to the licence once it has been issued.
Before you apply you should be fully familiar with the specific licence conditions and be confident in meeting them.
If you wish to apply for a new dog breeding activity licence or renew your current licence, you need to complete:
Please download each of these forms, complete the relevant sections and return the forms, along with the necessary supporting documentation to Environmental Health. This can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org . Once fees have been confirmed, a card payment can be made over the phone by telephoning 0161 925 1097, or alternatively the application forms can be posted to Environmental Health, Place Directorate, Salford Civic Centre, Chorley Road, Salford, M27 5FJ with a cheque, made payable to ‘Salford City Council’.
Yes. Once you have been inspected and the officer has determined your star rating, this will be published on our website. The register shows your business name, business address (although if you trade from a domestic premises this is not disclosed), the type(s) of licence(s) you hold and the star rating.
If you are unable to view documents of these types, our downloads page provides links to viewing software.
This page was last updated on 28 April 2020