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 to:
Animal Health and Welfare Team
Regulatory Services and Health
Or email email@example.com (you will need to make a payment by calling 01270 686601 or 01270 686597 Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm if you apply by email).
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.
Page last reviewed: 21 February 2022
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