To run a pet shop you need a licence from the Local Authority. Pet shops include all commercial selling of pet animals, including pet shops or any premises, including domestic premises, and businesses selling animals over the internet. The Local Authority may prescribe conditions on which the licence will be granted.
Summary of legislation
Who needs to notify/apply?
Any fit and proper person who is not disqualified from keeping a pet shop can apply. They must pay any required fee and comply with any conditions attached to a licence.
How long will it take to consider the notification/application?
Following receipt of your completed application form, together with the fee, the premises will be inspected by a local authority officer. Where the officer is satisfied that the licence may be granted, with or without additional conditions, you will be notified within 20 working days of the inspection.
How much will it cost to notify/apply?
The fee for a pet shop licence can be found using this link Fees & Charges .
Will tacit consent apply? No. It is in the public interest that the local authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please contact us at the address given below.
How do I apply?
You can complete an online application form here, apply to renew a licence here, or change a licence here. Alternatively you can download an application form here, complete it and print it and send it to the contact address given below.
The licence will be issued subject to compliance with licence conditions and payment of the licence fee.
If my application is refused, how do I appeal?
You may appeal to a Magistrates’ Court if you are aggrieved by a refusal of a licence or by any condition subject to which a licence is proposed to be granted.
What if I have a complaint or concern?
There is no public register but a list of current licensed pet shops is available from the address below.
For further information
For further information, please contact us at the address given below.
Telephone: 01748 829100
Fax: 01748 826186