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.

Animal welfare establishments with 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, 01270 686720 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: 09 May 2024