Selling animals as pets

To run a business selling pet animals you will need a licence from the council. This includes all commercial selling of pet animals, including pet shops and businesses selling animals over the internet. Domestic properties are included in this.

There are a number of factors we have to take into account in deciding if an activity is being carried on in the course of a business or a person is operating on a commercial basis.

Information on statutory guidance for local authorities about selling animals as pets and to see whether you require a licence.

How to apply

You can download the applicant profile, application form and the declaration form to apply for a Selling Animals as Pets Licence:

Return completed forms:

By email to:

By post to:
Animal Health and Welfare Team
Cheshire East Council
Delamere House
Delamere Street


Payments may be made by calling 01270 686601, 01270 686720 or 01270 686597

Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm


A fee is payable upon application. View the details of fees for a pet shop licence.

Right of appeal

If we refuse to give you a licence, you can appeal to an independent tribunal.

If you disagree with the star/risk rating we have given, you can challenge your rating.

Contact us

0300 123 5015

Page last reviewed: 09 May 2024