Dog breeding

Any person who keeps bitches at any premises in Calderdale and the bitches give birth to 5 or more litters during a period of 12 months is required to have a dog breeding licence.

This includes bitches kept:

  • by any person at the premises;
  • by any relative of the person at the premises;
  • elsewhere by the person;
  • anywhere by the person under a breeding arrangement / contract with another person.

The application process

Complete the: PDFApplication for a dog breeding establishment [PDF 26KB] and return with the: Licence fees to:

  • Username Licensing
  • Email licensing@calderdale.gov.uk
  • Telephone 01422 393001 / 393002 / 393131
  • Address
    The Licensing Unit
    Calderdale MBC
    Town Hall
    Halifax
    HX1 1UJ

Applicants must have their premises inspected by both a veterinary surgeon/practitioner and an officer of the Council.

In determining whether to grant an application for a dog breeding licence the Council will take into consideration:

  • whether the dogs have access to suitable accommodation at all times, with regard to:
    • construction and size of the quarters,
    • number of occupants,
    • ventilation,
    • cleanliness,
    • exercise facilities,
    • temperature,
    • and lighting,
  • whether the dogs will be suitably fed, watered, visited and supplied with adequate bedding material;
  • that all reasonable steps are in place to prevent and control the spread of infectious / contagious diseases;
  • whether appropriate steps will be taken to protect the animals in the event of a fire or other emergency;
  • that the dogs will be suitably cared for when being transported to and from the breeding establishment;
  • that the bitches are not mated if they are less than one year old;
  • that bitches do not give birth to more than 6 litters of puppies each;
  • that bitches do not give birth more than once in a 12 month period.

The dog breeding licence is valid for 12 months.

Records required to be kept

A record must be kept by every licensed dog breeder for each breeding bitch. The records must:

  • provide the name of the bitch, date of birth, address where she is kept, breed, description, date of mating and details of sire;
  • keep a record of any litters, including the sex of the puppies, date of birth, weight, description and total number in the litter;
  • show the details of sale, namely the date of sale, name and address of who was supplied and the status of the purchaser.

Records must be available for inspection by an officer of the Local Authority or veterinary surgeon / practitioner, authorised under the relevant legislation.

Proposed licence conditions

The Council is considering adopting the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health's model conditions as standard conditions for certain animal licences:

PDFProposed dog breeding conditions [PDF 1168KB] . Any comments you wish to make in respect of these conditions should be sent to:

  • Username Licensing
  • Email licensing@calderdale.gov.uk
  • Telephone 01422 393001 / 393002 / 393131
  • Address
    The Licensing Unit
    Calderdale MBC
    Town Hall
    Halifax
    HX1 1UJ