Pet shop licence

If you want to run a business that sells pets you will need a pet shop licence.

You can complete the pet shop licence application form online at   Alternatively you can download the pet shop licence application form licence application form and, once completed, send it into us with the fee and your public liability insurance certificate.

A veterinary inspectors report is required if the shop is a new premises. You must pay the cost of the veterinary inspection.

Once we receive your application and inspectors report we will arrange for an officer to inspect the premises.

During the inspection the officer will check the premises is compliant with Pet Animals Act 1951 and will have regard to the model licence conditions for pet shops.

Following the inspection we will inform you of our decision.

A pet shop licence when granted runs from 1st January to 31st December and you must apply to renew each year. We will issue a reminder before the licence is due for renewal.

You should allow two months for your application to be processed.

The cost to apply for the grant of a pet shop licence is £363. The cost to apply for a further licence is £346.

You can find out how the Council constructs its fees by downloading the document Guidance on fee construction.

Laws and regulation

Pet shop licences are issued under the Pet Animals Act 1951.