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Dog Breeding

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Anyone who breeds dogs as a business, or produces for sale puppies, needs to be licensed under the Breeding of Dogs Act 1973 amended by the Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Act 1999.  Hobby breeders are therefore normally exempt.

On receipt of an application the information provided will be assessed, and if satisfied an officer and a veterinary practitioner will arrange to inspect the premises and prepare a report on the premises and applicant. This report will be taken into consideration before granting a licence.

Conditions are imposed which restrict the number of litters that each bitch can have, require identification of puppies and specify the records that must be kept.

You will need to apply online and pay the appropriate fee. 

Once granted, a licence is valid for one year and is renewable annually.

Ipswich Borough Council has adopted standard conditions for Dog Breeding Establishments.

Contact Details

Licensing and Enforcement,
Ipswich Borough Council,
3W Grafton House,
15-17 Russell Road,

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