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Licences - dog breeding

Under the Breeding of Dogs Act 1973, as amended by the Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Act 1999, you must have a licence from the local authority to keep a breeding establishment for dogs. Premises must be inspected by a local authority officer and a vet prior to issuing of the licence.


Frequently Asked Questions

(CnES is in the process of updating its telephone network. During the transition, some of the numbers listed in these FAQs may no longer be available. Please contact 01851 600 501 in the event of any consequent problems. )

Q: How much does it cost to get a Licence?
For more information, please contact us on 01851 600 501 or by e-mail at enquiries@cne-siar.gov.uk

Q: I have just bought a previously licensed premises, can I transfer the licence?
No, licences are not transferable. You will need to re-apply in your own/your company name.

Q: How can I apply for a licence?
For more information, please contact us on 01851 600 501 or by e-mail at enquiries@cne-siar.gov.uk

Q: Do I need a licence to breed dogs?
Generally, you do need a licence to breed dogs but this depends on the number of breeding bitches you have.

For further information about any of the services provided by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, please contact us on 01851 600 501 or by e-mail at