Dog breeding

If you intend to breed dogs for sale as a business you will require a licence from the council to ensure that the welfare of the animals is maintained to a high standard and to prevent the spread of any infectious disease.

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) guidance says that a person is presumed to be carrying on the business of breeding dogs for sale where they breed and sell more than 2 litters in a 12 month period. DEFRA advise that it is a matter for the Local Authority to decide whether a particular establishment is required to be licensed – please contact us for further advice if you are unsure.

Apply for a licence

To apply for a dog breeding licence download and complete the application form [PDF 106KB] and return with the fee, currently £140.

A licensing enforcement officer will arrange for the premises to be inspected.

Once the premises is deemed satisfactory, we aim to issue your licence within 5 working days.

Licences must be renewed annually - please submit your renewal at least 1 month before your licence expires to give time for your premises to be inspected.


Licensing service

Municipal buildings, Corporation Street, Blackpool, FY1 1NF
Telephone 01253 478570

The Licensing Service is available to contact by telephone or to visit in person to the Licensing desk at Blackpool Council's Customer First Centre on Corporation Street between 10.00am and 4.00pm Monday to Friday.