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Pet shop

You must have a licence to keep a pet shop.

If you would like to apply for a pet shop licence please fill in a pet shop licence application form (DOC/38KB/5 pages).

Completed forms should be returned to the licensing group along with the relevant pet shop application fee (DOC/23KB/3 pages).


You cannot have a licence for a pet shop if you are disqualified under any of the following: 

  • The Pet Animals Act 1951
  • The Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963
  • The Protection of Animals (Amendment) Act 1954
  • The Protection of Animals (Cruelty to Dogs) (Scotland) Act 1934

You can also view the pet shop licensing conditions (PDF/94KB/10 pages).


Licences will expire on the 31 December of the year to which they relate and must be renewed before that date if the premises are to continue as a pet shop.

Your right of appeal

You can appeal to the Magistrates' Court against a decision:

  • not to grant a licence
  • or the conditions of a licence

They will give directions regarding the licence.

Offences and penalties

  1. Anyone found guilty of keeping a pet shop without a licence or failing to comply with the conditions of the licence may be subject to a fine of up to £500 or three months imprisonment or both.
  2. Any person found guilty of obstructing or delaying an Inspector, or authorised veterinary surgeon or veterinary practitioner in the exercising of their powers of entry may be fined up to £500.

If found guilty:

  • your licence may be cancelled  
  • you may be disqualified from keeping a pet shop for as long as the court thinks fit

A copy of the Pet Animals Act 1951 can be viewed at South Lakeland House.