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Pet shop licence

To run a business selling pet animals, you need a licence from us. This includes all commercial selling of pet animals, including pet shops and businesses selling animals over the internet.

Pet shop licence evaluation criteria

The following criteria will be considered when the application is being evaluated:

  • animals will be kept in suitable accommodation, for example in regard to temperature, size, lighting, ventilation, and cleanliness.
  • adequate food and drink will be provided to the animals, and they will be visited at suitable intervals.
  • any mammalian animals cannot be sold under 6 to 8 weeks depending on the type of animal.
  • steps are taken to prevent disease spreading among the animals.
  • adequate fire and emergency provisions are in place.

Apply for a pet shop licence.

To apply for a pet shop licence please complete and return the  SR Sale of aminals for pets application form 2018 (PDF) [118KB]  to us by email to  

Cost of a pet shop licence

The cost of an application is currently £158.46, this should be paid directly to us at the time of the application. Please make your payments using our automated payments line on 01772 625625, please make sure you obtain a receipt number.

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