Selling animals as pets
Last Updated: 4 October 2023
Businesses and individuals need a licence to sell, import and distribute animals as pets for sale.
Defra guidance on selling animals as pets
How to apply
To apply for a licence to sell animals as pets you should fill in the animal welfare application form (DOC 76KB / 7 pages).
The application form should be returned to the Licensing Team, along with any supporting documentation and the relevant fee:
Existing fees (2023/24):
- new application fee: £230.02
- variation licence/re-evaluation of rating: £127.41
Where there are a combination of activities, the highest activity fee is applicable.
Existing licence holders will be sent the relevant application forms about a month prior to the renewal date.
To apply for a variation to a licence or re-evaluation of the star rating, contact the Licensing team.