Apply for a pet shop licence

You must have a licence to operate a pet shop, including selling animals over the internet.

An application will be considered on:

  • Number of animals to be kept.
  • Types of animals to be kept.
  • That mammals are not sold too young.
  • Suitability of accommodation, food and drink.
  • Steps taken to prevent spread of disease.
  • Adequate fire and emergency provisions.

The premises will be inspected by a Council officer and vet before a licence is granted.


A fee of £186 will be charged on submission of an application. You will need a credit or debit card available to make payment.

There will be an additional cost to cover vet fees. This will not be payable on submission of the application, but at a later date once a site visit is conducted.


You must not be disqualified from any of the following:

  • Keeping a pet shop.
  • Having custody of animals.

You may require planning permission.

For advice on animal welfare or to submit an application

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