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Selling animals as pets

Businesses and individuals require a licence to sell, import and distribute animals as pets for sale.

For more information on the legislation that came into force on the 1 October 2018, consult the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities on Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018.

Defra guidance on selling animals as pets

For guidance on the sale of animals as pets consult the Legislation and Guidance on the CFSG Canine and Feline Sector Group website.

How to apply

If you would like to apply for a licence to sell animals as pets you should fill in the animal welfare application form (PDF 479KB / 7 pages).

The application form should be returned to the Licensing Team, along with any supporting documentation and the relevant fee:

  • new application fee: £216.75 (initial fee £101.70, grant fee £115.05)
  • variation licence/re-evaluation of rating: £120.06 (initial fee £33.60, inspection fee £86.46)

Where there are a combination of activities, the highest activity fee is applicable.

Existing licence holders will be forwarded the relevant application forms approximately one 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.

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