Dog breeding licence

Any person who keeps a breeding establishment for dogs, at any premises, and if they carry on a business of breeding dogs for sale at those premises, requires a licence from us to do so under the Breeding of Dogs Act 1973 as amended by the Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Act 1999.

When an application is received by us, an environmental health officer will inspect the establishment before a licence can be issued.

There are fees applicable to this process.


Anyone “in the business” of breeding and selling dogs (trading) needs to be licensed. Anyone producing four litters or more in a 12 month period also should be licensed regardless of whether they are in the business of breeding and selling dogs.

Any person who is for the time being disqualified:

  • under this Act, from keeping a breeding establishment for dogs; or
  • under the Pet Animals Act 1951, from keeping a pet shop; or
  • under the Protection of Animals (Amendment) Act 1954, from having the custody of animals
  • under the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963, from the boarding of animals

Yes, to the Magistrates Court. The Court can give such directions as it thinks fit.

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