Breeding of dogs

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 the dog breeding guidance notes (PDF, 607KB) 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 to:

Animal Health and Welfare Team
Regulatory Services and Health
Municipal Buildings

Or email (you will need to make a payment via the call centre if you apply via email).


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

Right of appeal

Any person aggrieved by a refusal to be granted a licence, or by their risk/star rating, may appeal this decision.