Dog breeding

If you want to carry on a business of breeding dogs for sale then you will need a licence from us to do so. If your breeding bitches give birth to five or more litters of puppies in any period of 12 months, it is presumed that you are carrying on a dog breeding business and need a licence.

If you are not sure if you need a licence to breed dogs or not, please contact us so that we can give you advice based on your individual circumstances. We can be contacted on 01905 822799 or by email at

Apply by post

To apply for a licence by post you need to complete an application form, and send it with the appropriate fee and the documents referred to on the form to:

Licensing, Worcester City Council, Guildhall, High Street, Worcester, WR1 2EY

You can download an application form here:

Dog Breeding Licence application form

The current fee to apply for a licence to breed dogs can be found on our licensing fees and charges page.

An initial inspection will be carried out by a vet and/or an officer of Worcestershire Regulatory Services. Subsequent inspections need only be done by one of our officers. We will consider the vet's report before deciding whether to grant the initial licence. The cost of the vet inspection must be met by the applicant for the licence.

The inspection by our officer must ensure:

  • The general suitability of accommodation for dogs
  • Adequate food drink and bedding materials
  • A schedule for visiting and exercising dogs at suitable intervals
  • Satisfactory procedure to prevent and control the spread of infectious diseases
  • Fire Safety and emergency procedures
  • Welfare of dogs when being transported

Once granted your licence will remain in force for a period of one year beginning with the day on which it comes into force and must then be renewed.