Under the new Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 any business or individual will need a licence if they wish to breed dogs.
Schedule 1 of the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 (“the regulations”) defines the licensable activities for each sector.
This licence is for businesses or those operating on a commercial basis.
The circumstances which our Licensing, Food and Safety Team must take into account when determining whether an activity is being carried out as part of a business include if the business/individual:
If you make at least £1000.00 in income you would be classed as a business. Anyone falling under this threshold would not need to be considered in the context of determining whether they are a business.
Activities that fulfil one or more of the following criteria are subject to licensing:
See our licensing fees and charges
Read the license conditions here
Please download, print and complete the application form and send it to Licensing, Food and Safety Team, Colchester Borough Council, 33 Sheepen Road, Colchester, Essex, CO3 3WG.
Download the application form
We aim to complete your application within 10 weeks of receiving it.
All premises will be inspected before a licence is granted the Officer will be looking to make sure the applicant has the at least the following.
The premises itself will also be assessed so we can be sure the licence holder can meet the new laws relating to the physical environment in which the animals will be kept.
Please note: On all new applications a veterinarian will be required to inspect the dog breeding establishment. Any vets fees will be charged in addition to the processing and grant costs of your licence. You will be invoiced separately for this.
No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted.
If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please contact us on 01206 282520 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For suspensions, variation without consent or revocations in the first instance please contact the Licensing, Food and Safety Team on 01206 282520 or email email@example.com
If you are still not satisfied you can appeal to the First Tier Tribunal. There is a 28 day appeal period.
You must renew each year if you would like to keep your licence to breed dogs.
To renew your licence please contact the Licensing, Food and Safety Team on 01206 282520 or email firstname.lastname@example.org