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Dog breeding


You will need a Dog Breeding Licence if you want to breed dogs to sell in Maidstone. The dogs must have been bred by you and can only be sold from your premises. If you wish to sell them elsewhere you will need to apply for a Pet Shop Licence. More information about this can be found on the Pet Shop Licence tab at the top of the page.

You will need to apply for planning permission to change the use of the property, so that it can be used for dog breeding. Check our planning pages for more information.

You might not need to apply for a licence if you breed dogs as a hobby, for show rather than for sale, and you produce less than five litters in a year. Before making an application contact the licensing partnership team by emailing licensing@sevenoaks.gov.uk or call 01732 227004 and they will confirm whether you will need to apply for a licence.

Who’s it for?

You can apply for a licence if you have never been disqualified from:

We take any previous offences relating to either the mistreatment of or the negligence in care of animals very seriously.

Apply for a licence

You will need to supply:

  • Details on the age, breed and genders of the dogs that you intend to keep
  • The address of the premises where the animals will normally be housed
  • A copy of your Public Liability Insurance covering any damage or injury that your animals may cause
  • A detailed plan of your premises including all relevant features such as emergency access, any public areas, animal accommodation, exercise areas, water, electricity access and any storage areas.
  • A copy of your planning consents

We would also need to see a copy of your Employer’s Liability Insurance if you have people working for you.

Apply for a dog breeding licence

You can bring it to the Maidstone Gateway in King Street between 10am and 1pm, Monday to Thursday or send it in the post to:

The Licensing Team
Maidstone House
King Street
Maidstone
Kent
ME15 6JQ
How long does it take

Applications take 30 days to process, with a pre-inspection visit taking place after 10 days. We will contact you within eight days of receiving the application to arrange the visit. A formal inspection will be arranged after the pre-inspection visit

Renew my licence

You will need to renew your licence every year. You can renew your licence and pay the fee by completing our application form and returning it to us.

Renew my licence

Licence fees

Number of DogsLicence Fee
Up to 5 £295
6-10£425
11+£550

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