Licences for animal related businesses

Dog breeding licence

If you breed dogs at any premises and sell them, you must have a licence. The council is the licensing authority. The licence costs £250 per year plus veterinary fees as for the first licence, it is a legal requirement for a vet to inspect your premsies. The period of time it lasts for depends on the star rating you receive.

Apply for a licence to breed dogs

After you submit form, make a note of the reference number and write it on the back of a cheque payable to the London Borough of Newham.

Licence conditions

The licence will have conditions about the welfare of the animals and record keeping. If you breed or rear dogs for sale without a licence, or you don’t follow the conditions of the licence about the sale of dogs, you could receive an limited a prison sentence or both and all costs incurred by the London Borough of Newham. 

Inspection of the premises where you breed dogs

Before we give you a licence, we will inspect the premises with a vet. We will check that you:

  • Keep the dogs in a suitable place
  • Give the dogs enough food, water and bedding
  • Give the dogs enough exercise
  • Give the dogs enough food, water, bedding and exercise when they are transported to and from your premises
  • Take the right steps to protect the dogs in case of fire or other emergency
  • Have taken action to stop and control the spread of disease among the dogs.

For a full list of licence conditions please contact the Animal Welfare Service.

Renew a licence to breed dogs

If you already have a licence, we will write to you to tell you when you need to renew it.

To renew your licence, complete the online application form and send a cheque with your application renewal reference written on the back.

It is your legal responsibility to make sure that you have a current licence.