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Pet shops

Licence Summary

Under the Pet Animals Act 1951, those who run a pet shop must obtain a licence to protect the welfare of animals sold as pets.

Licence conditions

Pet shop licence conditions

Who can apply?

Anyone who has not been disqualified from keeping animals may apply. At least one member of staff must, in the opinion of the local authority taking into account the animals being sold, have appropriate training.

Is planning permission required?

We recommend that you discuss your proposals with Planning Services to determine whether a planning application is needed.

How do I apply for a licence?

You can apply and pay for a Pet Shop Licence using the form below

Pet Shop application form

How much does a licence cost?

A fee is payable please see current Fees and Charges

How long does a licence last?

One year, from 1 January to 31 December. All licences must be renewed on 1 January, irrespective of the date they were issued. There are no reduced fees for licences that only cover part of a year.

What can I do if my licence application is refused?

You can apply to the Magistrates' Court if your application is refused.

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