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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

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