To run a business selling pet animals including vertebrates 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.
Applicants for a pet shop licence must not be disqualified from keeping a pet shop.
Pet Animals Act 1951 and Pet and Animals Act 1951 (Amendment) Act 1983
Local authorities must have regard to the following when considering an application for a pet shop licence:
Conditions can be attached to a licence to ensure that the above are complied with.
An officer from the council will inspect the premise before a licence is issued and annually before the renewal of the licence. The Council also may wish to appoint a veterinary surgeon instead of or in conjunction with a council officer.
Please see our licensing fees page.
Application for a licence to keep a pet shop Application to change a pet shop licence
Pet Shop Application Form
Evidence of Public Liability Insurance needs to be submitted with your application.
We will endeavour to process your application within 20 working days. If acknowledgement of receipt of your application has not been received within this time, please contact us.
Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the local authority by the end of the target completion period.
Please contact us in the first instance for details of how to appeal.
You must notify us in writing of any changes to your current licence
If you have a complaint or concern about a Pet Shop Licence, please contact us.
If you are in the UK, advice is available from Consumer Direct
If you are outside the UK, advice if available from the UK European Consumer Centre
No, as this register is not available for public inspection.
Should you experience any difficulty in applying on-line, please contact us.