Apply for a pet shop licence

Animal licensing is changing

From 1 October 2018, licences for this activity will be issued under the The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018. The full text of the regulations can be found on the Government Legislation website.

The guidance for this new legislation has just been published and can be found on the Canine and Feline Sector Group website.

If you have any questions regarding these changes, contact us before you apply at:

You must have a Pet Shop Licence if you wish to sell pets. Licences are valid for a calendar year and so must be renewed on 1 January each year.

You must also have Public Liability Insurance.

Apply for a Pet Shop Licence online

Alternatively, download and complete a Pet Shop Application form (PDF)

The licence fee is £190 per year.

Reduction for single type of animal sold (e.g. fish only): £145 per year.

How to pay

Pay for a Pet Shop Licence online

Licences are issued under the Pet Animals Act 1951.

For full details please see the Office of Public Sector Information website.

Further information

For details on how to contact the Licensing Team or send your completed applications, please see the Contact the Licensing Team webpage

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