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Commercial dog keeping permission

Anyone wishing to breed or keep dogs on a commercial basis needs permission from the competent authority.

Process flow

Permission may be granted under time limits, conditions and conditions, to the extent necessary for the protection of the animals.

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the district and the county-free city.

This procedure can also be carried out through a "single point of contact". The "Single Contact Person" is a special service offered by the municipalities and the country for service providers.


The person responsible for the activity must:

  • havingthe necessary professional knowledge and skills for the activity on the basis of their training or their previous professional or other treatment of animals. Proof of this must be provided on request in a technical meeting with the competent authority.
  • have the required reliability.

The premises and facilities used for the activity must comply with the legal requirements of the

  • Diet
  • Care and
  • Accommodation

of the animals.

Which documents are required?

No documents are required.

What are the fees?

Fees are charged under the Consumer And Veterinary Administration Management Regulations (GOOV).

Fee: 25,00 - 1000,00 EUR
Payment in advance: No

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

No deadlines need to be observed. However, the activity may only be started if a valid permit is available.

Processing duration

Processing Time: 4 Months
Section 11 (5) of the Animal Welfare Act (TierSchG)

What else should I know?

It is recommended that the requirements be made in good time before the intended commencement of the activity at the competent authority.

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Food, Agriculture, Consumer Protection and Regional Development

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Linie6PLus)

Further Links

Single points of contact of the state of Lower Saxony, Single points of contact of the countries of Europe, advice and assistance for EU citizens and their families.