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Dog Breeding Establishment licence conditions


The conditions set out below are the standards to which the business must comply.




1. Accommodation provided for bitches and puppies must be in all respects suitable as regards to

construction, size of quarters, exercising and whelping facilities, temperature, ventilation and

cleanliness, with special regard to the breeds maintained.


2. Natural or artificial lighting of individual kennels must be sufficient to allow the proper working and

cleaning of the kennels, with no dark areas.


3. Kennels must be of sufficient size for dogs to stand up and turn round comfortably. If a bench is

provided for the sleeping area, there must be in addition an area of similar size unbenched.


4. All excreta and soiled material must be removed at least twice daily from living areas, and at least once daily from the exercise area. The floor of the living areas must be kept dry and clean.


5. All exercise runs must have an area by the entrance which is paved or surfaced with other suitable material in order to prevent undue fouling of the ground.


6. All animals accommodated at the premises must be provided with bedding material suitable to the breeds kept and must be given adequate exercise. Where sleeping benches are provided these should be of such dimensions as to allow an adult dog of the breed maintained to lie out flat on its side.


7. Facilities must be provided for the collection of all used bedding and other waste material which must be disposed of in a manner approved by the local authority, and in a way not likely to cause harm or nuisance.


8. All animals must have access to wholesome drinking water at all times, except in the case of very young puppies.


9. Animals must be adequately supplied with suitable food and visited at suitable intervals.


10. The food preparation area and equipment must be kept clean and vermin- free at all times.

Refrigeration facilities must be provided where fresh meat is used.


11. All bulk supplies of food must be kept in vermin-free containers.


12. Every precaution must be taken to eliminate flies throughout the kennel.


13. All heating appliances must be of such construction as to constitute no risk of fire, and not to endanger the health and well-being of occupants. In addition, if free-standing oil appliances are used, they must be installed in an area inaccessible to dogs. All heating and lighting should be installed in accordance with normal good practice and advice on the subject should be obtained from a fire-prevention officer.


14. Animals and equipment must not be placed in such a position as to render entry or exit difficult in case of fire.


15. The licensee shall ensure that a responsible person shall at all times be in, or within reasonable

distance from the premises for the purpose of giving warning and taking other necessary steps in the event of fire or other emergency. In the case of premises which are locked up outside normal working hours, the licensee shall appoint a responsible person residing within a reasonable distance of the premises to have custody of the key. The name and address of such person shall be displayed in

legible characters on the front door, or windows, of the premises and be notified to the local fire brigade. An adequate and accessible supply of water and sand and/or an efficient fire extinguisher must always be available on the premises, outside the kennels, and the positions clearly marked.


16. A register shall be kept of all bitches in the establishment, their ages, dates of heat-periods, mating, and whelping.


17. Washing and lavatory facilities must be available for staff.

Contact Details

  • Name Environmental Safety and Health
  • Address People Directorate, 4 Ednam Road, Dudley, West Midlands DY1 1HL
  • Telephone 0300 555 2345