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Pet shop licence

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


Pet shop licence evaluation criteria

The following criteria will be considered when the application is being evaluated:

  • animals will be kept in suitable accommodation, for example in regard to temperature, size, lighting, ventilation and cleanliness
  • adequate food and drink will be provided to the animals and they will be visited at suitable intervals
  • any mammalian animals cannot be sold under 6 to 8 weeks depending on the type of animal
  • steps are taken to prevent disease spreading among the animals
  • adequate fire and emergency provisions are in place.


Apply for a pet shop licence

To apply for a pet shop licence please complete and return the Pet Sales Licence Application Form (Word doc) [196KB]  to us by email to


Cost of a pet shop licence

The cost of an application is currently £178 (non-refundable application fee), this should be paid directly to us at the time of the application, on grant of the licence a further fee of £178 is payable. 

Please make your payments using our automated payments line on 01257 515151, please make sure you obtain a receipt number.


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