Breeding of Animals (Dogs)
Because of the problems associated with "over breeding" of dogs
(puppy farms) legislation was developed requiring premises used for
the commercial breeding of dogs to be licensed by local councils.
The definition of a breeding establishment has subsequently
been modified, allowing "hobby" breeders to continue without a
Owners of pet animals having an occasional litter are NOT
required to be licensed.
Please phone us if you are looking for a licensed dog breeder in
Wychavon, or you want help with getting a licence.
Any person keeping a breeding establishment for dogs -
defined as a person keeping bitches which give birth to five
or more litters during any 12 month period, and who offer at least
one puppy for sale - require a licence.
Standard conditions are used on licences to protect the welfare
of the animals, and we have the right to include other relevant
conditions on a licence.
Veterinary inspection of all potential new premises is carried
out at additional cost for the applicant. We may also require a
further inspection where obvious problems are found or we get
Applicants have a right of appeal to Magistrates Court against
refusal by us to issue a licence, or conditions that we attach to a
To download an application form, please visit our forms and fact sheets page.
Anyone suffering nuisance due to noise, smells or similar
because of a commercial premises should contact the Environmental
Protection team to see if we can help (email firstname.lastname@example.org
phone 01527 881395).
Grant of a licence doesn't mean that we've given planning
permission: consent under town and country planning law may still
be required. Please contact our Planning
Services on 01386 565565.
All Licensing and Environmental Health Matters are now
dealt with by Worcestershire Regulatory Services.
For direct public enquiries and referrals:
General Customer Enquiries
Telephone: 01527 881395