Dog breeding

If you are breeding three or more litters of puppies in any 12 month period or breeding dogs and advertising a business of selling dogs you will need to apply for a licence from Cheshire East Council.

There are a number of factors to take into account in relation to ‘breeding dogs and advertising a business of selling dogs’ including number, frequency and/or volume of sales, high sales prices etc.

Refer to dog breeding licensing - statutory guidance for local authorities to see whether you require a licence.

How to apply

You can download the applicant profile, application form and the declaration form to apply for a Dog Breeding Licence: 

Return completed forms:

By email to:

By post to:
Animal Health and Welfare Team
Cheshire East Council
Delamere House
Delamere Street

Payments may be made by calling 01270 686601 or 01270 686597 Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm.


A fee is payable upon application. View details of fees for Dog Breeding Licence.

Right of appeal

If we refuse to give you a licence, you can appeal to an independent tribunal.

If you disagree with the star/risk rating we have given, you can challenge your rating.

Contact us

0300 123 5015

Page last reviewed: 28 April 2023