You need a licence to sell pet animals, both through a pet shop or over the Internet.
Licences for pet shops may be issued provided the applicant is not disqualified under any of the following Acts:
- Pet Animals Act 1951 Opens in a new window
- Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963 Opens in a new window
- Protection of Animals (Amendment) Act 1954 Opens in a new window
- Animal Welfare Act 2006 Opens in a new window
For more information read the Pet Vending Guide Opens in a new window produced by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.
You can apply for a new licence or a renewal by completing an application form and sending it us along with the correct fee.
For completed applications we will try to process them within 20 working days if no further information is needed.
Where a licence is granted, that licence and any subsequent licence will expire on the 31 December of the year to which the licence relates and must be renewed before that date if the premises is to continue as a pet shop.
The fee for a new licence application is £272 plus the cost of vets fees if required.
The fee to renew a licence is £145 plus the cost of vets fees if required.
Visit the Animal Register page to see the current establishments with a licence.
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