Pet shop licence - selling animals as pets

Please note: The Council no longer accepts cash payments for applications.  Where on line applications are submitted through the portal then you can pay by debit card but where you submit applications by post you will need to enclose a cheque or alternatively provide a phone number on the application form and we will contact you to take payment over the phone.

The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 covers selling animals as pets.  Under the new regulations there are general licence conditions that will apply and also specific conditions which you will need to comply with.


From October 1 2018, all new applications and renewals will be under the new regulations.  This is the link to the new regulations in case you would like to read it.


How can I apply?

Read the general and specific conditions above.

There is also guidance which we recommend that you use to help you to ensure your business meets all the conditions:

You can download the licence application form (PDF, 64KB), complete it and return with the relevant fee.


How much does the licence cost?

Please see current fees list:

Licencing fees and charges (PDF, 240KB)


Last Updated: 1 April 2019