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Licence - Dog Breeding

Anyone who breeds puppies for commercial gain must be licensed by Basildon Council's Environmental Health Services.

Dog Breeders - Licensing & Inspection

Basildon Council's Environmental Health Service licenses all dog breeders who breed puppies for commercial gain. The Borough's dog breeding establishments are inspected in company with the Council's Veterinary Officer to ensure the welfare of the animals and the suitability of the premises/facilities, and to ensure incidence of disease and its spread is adequately controlled.

The legislation sets a "presumptive standard" which means that anyone who breeds five or more litters in any one 12 month period is considered to be a commercial breeder, regardless of any hobby motive, and therefore requires a licence.

Similarly, anyone who deliberately breeds for commercial sale needs to be licensed regardless of the quantity produced.

The CIEH licensing conditions for dog breeding establishments can be seen in the following document:


Applying for a Dog Breeders Licence

You can apply for a Dog Breeders Licence by printing the form under 'Related Downloads' and returning the completed form, with the appropriate fee, to the above address.

For information on the current fees please see pdf icon Basildon Council - Schedule of Fees and Charges [504kb].

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