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Pet shop

The business of selling animals as pets requires a licence.

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

How to apply

If you would like to apply for a pet shop licence you should fill in a pet shop licence application form (DOC/38KB/2 pages).

Return the application form and the relevant documents to the licensing group, along with the correct fee:

  • pet shop licence (grant): £216.75
  • pet shop licence (renewal): £200.52

Once we have received your application, you will be contacted by a licensing officer to arrange a visit for inspection.

Existing holders of a pet shop licence will be forwarded the relevant application forms approximately a month prior to the renewal date.


If you disagree with our decision to refuse a licence or with any conditions you can appeal to the Magistrates' Court. The court will make a decision on your appeal.

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 and you could be disqualified from keeping a pet shop for as long as the court thinks fit.


Pet shop licensing conditions (PDF/76KB/10 pages)

Further information is available in The Pet Animals Act 1951.