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
- 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.
- 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.