Commercial Dog Breeder Approval - Victoria


You will require this approval if you intend to be a commercial dog breeder. To be approved, you must first be registered as a breeding domestic animal business with your local council.

This approval will allow you to keep between 11 and 50 relevant fertile female dogs.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for approval you must:

  • be registered as a breeding domestic animal business with your local council
  • complete the application form
  • include a copy of business plans and details
  • pay the required fee.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

Once approved, you must:

  • allow a departmental authorised officer to monitor compliance on the premises
  • ensure full compliance with the Code of Practice for the Operation of Breeding and Rearing Businesses 2018
  • ensure that there are no more than 50 (or the approved number of) relevant fertile females on the property
  • submit an annual report
  • maintain public liability insurance of $10 million
  • ensure that the appropriate qualifications are held by staff.

Appropriate qualifications are:

  • Managers: a Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services (or equivalent), or five years experience working in animal husbandry.
  • Staff with animal husbandry responsibilities or duties: completed the Breeding Dogs and Cats in Victoria e-learning course.


Up to 12 months on first application, and 3 years for renewals


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $3180.00

Fees for 2023-24

Act(s) name

Domestic Animals Act 1994 Victoria

Regulation(s) name

Domestic Animals Regulations 2015 Victoria

Approval time

Within 40 days of receiving the required paperwork and fees.

Additional information

A departmental authorised officer may conduct an audit of the property at the request of the Chief Veterinary Officer. The Chief Veterinary Officer may make a recommendation to the Minister for Agriculture on whether or not approval or renewal should be granted.

Disqualified persons or entities

You will not receive approval if you have been found guilty of an offence relating to domestic animals or animal welfare, or the Minister reasonable believes that you have not, or will not, comply with conditions and regulations.

Administering agency

Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action

Agriculture Victoria

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.