Licence to Breed Cats and Dogs - Australian Capital Territory

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to breed female cats or dogs in ACT for the purpose of selling them for a profit. Once you have been issued with this licence you will receive a letter that contains your breeding licence number. You are required to display this number in any advertisements for the sale of puppies and kittens that you have bred.

Please be aware that you must also comply with the breeding standard.

Please use the contact details below to find out more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

The following information will be considered as part of your application:

  • The number and kind of animals you keep at the breeding premises;
  • The size and nature of the premises;
  • The suitability of facilities on the premises for keeping and breeding dogs or cats;
  • The potential impact on the occupiers of neighbouring premises;
  • Whether you are a member of a recognised breeding organisation; and
  • Whether you have had any offences under relevant legislation in the last 10 years.

Please be aware that as part of the application process, your breeding premises may be subject to an inspection. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


A breeding licence is in force unless it is surrendered or cancelled.



At the moment there is no fee payable. However, a one-off licence fee may apply in the future. Please use the contact details below to find out more information.

Administering agency

Transport Canberra and City Services
Parks and Territory Services Division
City Services

Act(s) name

Domestic Animals Act 2000 (Australian Capital Territory)

Regulation(s) name

Domestic Animals Regulation 2001 (Australian Capital Territory)

Contact details

Domestic Animal Services, Licensing and Compliance
Transport Canberra and City Services
Parks and Territory Services Division
City Services

Operating address:
Macarthur House,
12 Wattle Street
Australian Capital Territory 2601
Mailing address:
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601




02 62072424

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