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.