Pet Shop Licence

The keeping and running of a pet shop is controlled by the Pet Animals Act 1951.


Who can apply?


Any person(s) can apply providing the applicant for the  licence has not be disqualified from keeping a pet shop.


Considerations upon Application


Local authorities must have regard to the following when considering an application for a pet shop licence:

  • that animals will be kept in suitable accommodation, for example in regards to temperature, size, lighting, ventilation and cleanliness,
  • adequate food and drink will be provided to the animals and they will be visited at suitable intervals,
  • that any mammalian animals will not be sold too young,
  • that steps are taken to prevent disease spreading among the animals,
  • that adequate fire and emergency provisions are in place.

Individual conditions may be attached to any licence however Standard Conditions (pdf 54Kb) apply in all circumstances.


How to apply

Applications can be made online or direct to the local authority. The online application process is managed via the BusinessLink website and an application and payment can be made by using the link to the right.
Alternatively you can download an Pet Shop Licence Application or Renewal Form (pdf 1411Kb)
Requests for an application form can also be made by emailing or calling 01553 616200 and must be sent in with the appropriate fee payment.


The licence will be issued subject to compliance with licence conditions and payment of the licence fee. The fee for a new application is the same as the renewal fee. As the fees alter annually, the current charge can be found here:


All Cheques should be made payable to 'BCKL&WN'.


What happens next?

An authorised officer will visit the pet shop to ensure that conditions are being complied with regard to isolation, quarantine, food preparation, water, feeding and accommodation.
An additional inspection may be made some time during the licensing year.

Planning Requirements

Your application for a licence will need to consider whether planning permission is required for the proposed licensed activity.  You should contact our Customer Information Centre on 01553 616200 to discuss whether permission will be needed.  


Licences are issued with an expiry date of the 31 December despite when they are applied for and renewals issued to commence on the 1 January and expire on the 31 December of the same year.

Useful Documents


Reptile Salmonella Advice Leaflet (pdf 404Kb)


A copy of the Pet Animals Act 1951 can be viewed at the Council offices where you may also obtain a copy of the Council's standard licensing conditions, an application form and further help or advice.

Contact Details

For further information email: or call 01553 616200.


Last updated: 16 September 2015
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