Pet shop licence

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  1. 1. You are here: Before you can apply
  1. 2. Apply for a pet shop licence

1. Before you can apply

To run a business selling pet animals you need a licence from the local authority. This includes all commercial selling of pet animals, including pet shops and businesses selling animals over the internet. The pet shop licence comes under the Pet Animals Act 1951 and Pet Animals Act 1951 (Amendment) Act 1983 s.1.

Before being granted a licence the applicant must be able to demonstrate to the Council's Licensing Inspector:

  • that they are suitably qualified to keep animals with regard to the type and number proposed to be kept
  • that the animals will be kept in accommodation that is suitable in respect of construction, size, temperature lighting, ventilation and cleanliness
  • that animals will be adequately supplied with suitable food, drink and bedding materials and (so far as is necessary) visited at suitable intervals
  • that mammals will not be sold at too early an age
  • that all reasonable precautions will be taken to prevent the spread of infectious disease amongst the animals
  • that appropriate steps will be taken to protect the animals in the case of fire or other emergency, including the provision of suitable fire-fighting equipment
  • that a register containing a description of any animal received on the premises, the animals age and sex, the date of acquisition and departure and the source from which the animals are received, and that the register will be available for inspection at all times by a Licensing Inspector or by a veterinary Surgeon or Veterinary Practitioner authorised by the Council
  • no animal will be sold to a child under the age of 12 years

A licence may be refused or withheld on other grounds if those grounds are such that conditions are not suitable for the keeping of animals.

Each License is subject to standard conditions that are imposed on all pet shops licensed by the Council. In addition to the standard conditions a licence may also contain special conditions that are only applicable to your premises.

Eligibility criteria

Licenses for pet shops may be issued provided the applicant is not disqualified under any of the following Acts:

There is an application fee, which must be paid at the time the application is made. The current fee can be found on our licences and permit fees page.

Pre-application advice service

We offer a pre-application and application advice service to support your licensing application. The aim is to help you to mitigate any problems which may arise during the application process. For further details please consult our licensing contact us and application advice service page