Dog breeding

Who To Contact

Environmental Health and Consumer Protection Service
Yorkon Building
Archway Road
L36 9FB

Telephone: 0151 443 4712

Fax Number: 0151 443 5438

Establishments used for the breeding of dogs are controlled by the Breeding of Dogs Act 1973.

You must obtain a licence from the council to keep a breeding establishment.

Anyone who is “in the business” of breeding and selling (trading) dogs needs to be licensed. Anyone producing five litters or more in a 12 month period also should be licensed regardless of whether they are in the business of breeding and selling dogs


The licence fee for 2021 to 2022 is £345 (plus veterinary inspection fees). The licence is renewed annually.

How to apply

Download, complete and return the application form enclosing the correct fee.

Before we grant a licence you must be able to demonstrate that the accommodation is suitable and the animals are well fed, exercised and protected from disease and fire.

Animal licensing changes

As you may be aware the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) Regulations 2018 comes into force on the 1st October. Guidance for each activity has recently been released:

The Council is currently in the process of reviewing the new legislation and guidance. As a result licence conditions will be changed and our fees and procedures will also need to be adjusted. If you wish to apply for a licence please contact environmental health.  If you already have an animal license with Knowsley Council, we will contact you to let you know what the next steps are. In the meantime, you should review the above guidance to see how the changes might impact on your business.