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Pet Shops

To operate a pet shop must you must have a licence. 

The sale of animals at pet fairs and the commercial sale of pedigree animals are not covered by this licence. 

Apply for a licence

We will arrange for a vet to inspect your premises before we issue a licence. 


  • Grant of new licence: £221 (+ Vet fees)
    £114 is payable on application and non-refundable.
    The remaining £107 will be payable when your application is approved.
  • Renewal £193 



Categories of animals which a pet shop may be licensed to keep are:

  • dogs and cats (puppies and kittens)
  • small domesticated mammals e.g. rabbits, guinea pigs, gerbils, hamsters, rats, mice, chinchillas, chipmunks and ferrets
  • parrots, parakeets and macaws
  • primates eg marmosets
  • amphibians
  • reptiles
  • fish and aquatic invertebrates
  • other vertebrates

This list is purely for guidance only and is not comprehensive.


It is an offence to:

  • wilfully obstruct or delay any person in the exercise of his powers of entry or inspection
  • carry on a business of selling animals as pets in any part of a street or public place or at a stall or barrow in a market
  • sell an animal as a pet to a person known or believed to be under the age of 12 years


Contact the Licensing Section


Telephone: 01304 872295

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