Apply for a pet shop licence

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 such as a market stall.

To sell animals you need a licence under the Pet Animals Act 1951 as amended. This includes pet shops and selling animals online.

You do not need a pet shop licence to sell:

  • pedigree animals that you have bred or
  • animals that are offspring of your own pet.

Before you start

You can apply for a pet shop licence on GOV.UK where they will ask for the following:

  • your personal details
  • details of the pet shop premises
  • the type(s) of animals you will be selling

Apply for a licence to sell animals as pets

 Once completed you can send your application to

Pet shop licence fees

Your pet shop licence will be valid for one year. 

The fee for a pet shop licence is £735 for the grant of a licence and £646 to renew a licence.

There may be additional fees if an inspection by a vet is needed.

Terms and conditions

We may carry out an inspection to check that:

  • the accommodation will be suitable for the animals
  • you will provide enough food and drink and visit the animals regularly where necessary
  • you will 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.

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 3 months.

Each licence contains standard conditions that are imposed on all pet shops licensed by the Council.

Any person that is refused a licence has the right to appeal.