Licence - pet shop

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To run a business selling pet animals you need a licence. This includes all commercial selling of pet animals, including pet shops and businesses selling animals over the internet.

How to apply

You can apply online:


The annual fees are:

  • new - £463
  • renewal - £209


You may not apply for a pet shop licence if you have ever been disqualified from any of the following:

  • keeping an animal boarding establishment
  • keeping a pet shop under the Pet Animals Act 1951
  • keeping animals under the Protection of Animals (Amendment) Act 1954
  • owning, keeping being involved in the keeping or being entitled to control or influence the keeping of animals, dealing in animals or transporting or being involved in the transportation of animals under the Animals Welfare Act 2006
  • owning, keeping, dealing in or transporting animals under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006

What the law says

The relevant legislation is the Pet Animals Act 1951.

Application process

Once we receive your application we will arrange for an inspection of the premises by an authorised officer.

Before granting a licence we must be satisfied that there are satisfactory arrangements in place for the safety and the welfare of the animals. If necessary we may require specialist advice of a veterinary surgeon or practitioner. You must pay any costs associated with this.

How long will it take to process my application?

We aim to process your application within 28 days of receiving it. Please contact us if you have not heard from us by the end of this period.

Can I appeal if my application is refused?

Yes, but please contact us first. If you are refused a licence or want to object to a condition on the licence you can appeal to the local magistrates' court within 21 days of receiving notice of the decision.  

Complaints about pet shops

If you wish to complain about a pet shop or if you believe that there has been a breach of licence conditions please contact us so we can investigate.

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