Licence - pet shop
To run a business selling pet animals you need a licence from
the local authority. This includes all commercial selling of pet
animals, including pet shops and businesses selling animals over
Applicants for a pet shop licence must not be disqualified from
keeping a pet shop.
A fee, determined by the Local Authority, will be payable on
A summary of the regulation relating to this licence
Local authorities must have regard to the following when
considering an application for a pet shop licence:
Conditions can be attached to a licence to ensure that the above
are complied with.
No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process
your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard
from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact
it. You can do this
online if you applied through the UK Welcomes service or use
the contact details below.
Apply to run a pet shop
Tell us about a change to your existing pet shop
Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance.
Any person who is refused a licence can appeal to the
Magistrates court or, in Scotland, the Sheriff covering the area
the premises is located. A court or Sheriff may give directions on
the issue of a licence.
Any licence holder who objects to a condition attached to a
licence may appeal to the local Magistrates court or, in Scotland,
the Sheriff covering the area the premises is located. A court or
Sheriff may give directions on the issue of a condition.
We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the
first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the
form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if
you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give
you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.
E.g. about noise, pollution, etc. Also should one licence holder
complain about another.
Pet Care Trust (PCT)