Dog breeding licence

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If you are looking to breed and sell dogs you will first need to obtain a licence from Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council.

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Before applying for a licence, we recommend reading the below guidance to be sure you can meet all the conditions required in order to be a licensed dog breeder. Please note these guidance notes have been amended in April 2020 following the introduction of Lucy's Law. Details of Lucy's Law can be found here.

Before you Apply

With your application you are required to submit a number of documents in order for us to determine your application. These need to be received with the application so they can be reviewed before a vet’s inspection is arranged.

Being prepared will ensure we are able to process your application and issue your licence in a timely manner.

When submitting your application you will need to include the following –

  • A plan of the premises - Whilst this doesn’t need to be to scale, it should include all dimensions, entrance and exits, fire exits (were appropriate), windows, WC, Food Preparation Areas (were appropriate) and any area dedicated to animals.
  • Insurance Policy - Insurance appropriate to your business is required to be in place.
  • Operating Procedures - This should include emergency evacuation plans, daily cleaning/feeding/exercising schedules. Details about waste removal and confirmation of any contracts in place for this should be provided.
  • Risk Assessments, Infectious Control Procedures, Safeguarding Procedures - These should include Fire Risks Assessments, animal isolation processes, dealing with unwell or infectious animals and what measures are in place to ensure all staff/family and animals remain safe at all times.
  • Qualifications - Details of any qualifications that are held by the applicant and any staff members should be included and copies of the qualifications must be supplied.
  • Training Records - Records for staff training must be supplied. These should detail any daily/weekly/monthly/annual training that will be carried out by all staff members. Details of future refresher training should also be included and if there is the provision for staff to undergo future recognised, relevant qualifications this can be detailed as well.

When we carry out the inspection of the premises, we would like to see all of the above in situ but we understand that new businesses will not have a history of completed forms. Any premises that are currently undertaking animal activities, should be able to show records of checks which have been carried out previously. Advice may be given where improvements are needed to reach the standards of the Animal Activity Regime.

Application Procedure

Application forms should be submitted with the Part A Fee (detailed below). Once the application has been validated, a vets inspection will be arranged.

New applicants are advised to contact the Planning Department in case planning permission is required.


Licences are issued for one, two or three years depending on the star rating of the business. The star rating will be determined by the conditions which can be met at the premises and by the applicant as detailed in the guidance document.


Fees are split into two, Part A and Part B. Part A must be paid when submitting your application and is non-refundable. Part B must be paid once your application has been determined and is ready to be granted.

Vets inspection will also be required and will be at the cost of the applicant. For more information about these fees please contact the licensing team.

Part A (payable with your application) Part B (payable when licence is granted)
£280 £120

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