From 1 October 2018 the Animal Welfare Regulations 2018 come into force.  To find out how these may affect you please view our New animal licensing regulations page


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:

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.

  Download a pet shop licence application

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.

Licensed establishments

Visit the Animal Register page to see the current establishments with a licence.