Establishments used for the breeding of dogs are controlled by the Breeding of Dogs Act 1973. No person may keep a breeding establishment without first obtaining a licence from their Local Authority. A breeding establishment means if more than two bitches are kept for the purposes of breeding which give birth to five or more litters during any 12 month period and offer at least one puppy for sale will require an animal breeding licence.
|Eligibility Criteria||Applications for a licence must be made to Wyre Forest District Council, and a licence may be issued if the applicant is not disqualified under any of the following Acts.
|Application Evaluation Process||Before being granted a licence the applicant must be able to demonstrate to the Council's Licensing Inspector:
A licence may be refused or withheld on other grounds if those grounds are such that conditions are not suitable for the breeding of dogs. Each licence is subject to standard conditions that are imposed on all dog breeding establishments licensed by the Council.
In addition to the standard conditions a licence may also contain special conditions that are only applicable to your premises.
The following offences apply to the breeding of dogs:
If found guilty under this Act, the defendant’s licence may be cancelled and they may be disqualified from keeping a dog breeding establishment for such length of time as the Court thinks fit.
|Will Tacit Consent Apply?||
No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact us.
Apply for a Licence to Keep a Breeding Establishment for Dogs
|Failed Application Redress||
Any person aggrieved by a refusal to be granted a licence or by any condition to which a licence is subject may appeal to the Magistrates Court and the Courts may give such directions regarding the licence or its conditions as it thinks proper.
|Licence Holder Redress||
Please contact us in the first instance.
Any licence holder who wishes to appeal against a condition attached to their licence can appeal to their local Magistrates' court.
We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Advice Guide from Citizens Advice Bureau will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.
Anyone suffering nuisance due to noise, smells or similar because of a commercial premises should contact us.