Apply for a pet shop licence
You can apply for a pet shop licence via the Gov.uk website and the fee from 1st April 2016 is £196.
What is as a pet shop?
A pet shop is any building where animals are sold as pets, including your own home.
You can’t sell animals as pets in public places - e.g. from a market stall.
However, you don’t need a licence to sell:
- pedigree animals that you’ve bred
- animals that are offspring of your own pet
The council will carry out an inspection to check that:
- the accommodation will be suitable for the animals
- you’ll provide enough food and drink and visit the animals regularly where necessary
- you’ll take reasonable precautions to prevent the spread of infectious diseases
- mammals won’t be sold if they’re too young
- you have appropriate plans in case of fire or other emergencies
The council may also add other specific conditions to your licence.
- licence will be valid for 1 year.
Fines and penalties
If you run a pet shop without a licence, or break the terms of your licence, you could be fined up to £500 and/or imprisoned for up to three months.
Last updated Tuesday, 29th March 2016