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Pet shop licence

If you run, or intend to run, a business selling pet animals you will need a licence from us. This includes all commercial selling of pet animals, including pet shops and businesses selling animals over the internet.

Applicants for a pet shop licence must not be disqualified from keeping a pet shop.

A fee, determined by the Local Authority, will be payable on application.

Summary of regulations

The regulations applicable are Pet Animals Act 1951.

Licence conditions

Local authorities must have regard to the following when considering an application for a pet shop licence:

  • that animals will be kept in suitable accommodation, for example in regards to temperature, size, lighting, ventilation and cleanliness

  • adequate food and drink will be provided to the animals and they will be visited at suitable intervals

  • that any mammalian animals will not be sold too young

  • that steps are taken to prevent disease spreading among the animals

  • that adequate fire and emergency provisions are in place

Certain conditions are attached to a licence to ensure that the above are complied with.

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