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Pet shop licence

Pet owners and livestock keepers can visit GOV.UK or the RSPCA websites for specific advice on maintaining the welfare of their animals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The CFSG website provides advice for Animal Businesses providing care for key workers' animals & on the Covid 19 restrictions, but please be aware that this is for guidance ONLY, all other restrictions are still in operation.

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

Who can apply

Anyone can apply, although you must not be disqualified from keeping a pet shop.

You don't need a pet shop licence to sell:

  • pedigree animals that you've bred*
  • animals that are offspring of your own pet*

*a dog breeding licence may be required, please contact us.

What we must consider

We must be sure that the following conditions are met before we issue a licence:

  • that animals will be kept in suitable accommodation
  • adequate food and drink will be provided
  • any mammalian animals will not be sold too young
  • that steps are taken to prevent disease spreading among the animals
  • that adequate fire and emergency provisions are in place

How to apply

Please contact us to apply.

What it costs

 As of 1st April 2020

Pet Shop Licence - initial or renewal

Excluding vet fees - vets fees are charged in addition to
these fees based on full cost recovery


The licence will be valid for 1 year.

Failed applications and appeals

In the first instance, please contact us if you have a problem with an application.

Any applicant that is refused a licence can appeal to their local magistrates court. You can also appeal to the court if you wish to appeal against a condition attached to your licence.