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Pet Shop Licence

Pet Shop Licence

Who needs to apply?

Any person or business selling animals as domestic pets or for ornamental purposes needs a pet shop licence. Animals cannot be sold in the open air or from a market stall.

The Pet Animals Act 1951 does not consider insects to be pets.

Pet shops selling dangerous wild animals do not need a separate dangerous wild animal licence.

Downloadable application form

All documents supporting this application must be supplied within three working days, otherwise the application may be deemed incomplete and be rejected. The application process will not commence until all information has been received.

Fees and charges

You can find the fee for this licence by going to our licence fee register


We aim to deal with grant applications within 49 days and renewal applications within 28 days.  Tacit consent applies. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted/renewed if you have not heard from us by the end of the above application periods.

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Contact details


01724 297750

Licensing Department
PO Box 42
Church Square House
DN15 6XQ

Opening hours

Monday to Thursday:

9am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 4.30pm


9am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 4.00pm

Last updated: 01/06/2018