Selling animals as pets licensing

This includes ‘Pet Shops’, ‘Selling Pets online’ or Selling animals to Pet Shops.

Do I need a licence?

All selling animals as pets activities need a licence if they’re carried out as a commercial business.

Please see DEFRA guidance for full information.

Selling animals as pets licensing: statutory guidance for local authorities - GOV.UK (

What do I need to apply?


  1. Complete application form
  2. Pay relevant fee

How do I apply?

Please send completed application forms to and a member of the licensing team will contact you with payment options

How much does it cost?

£621.00 (1-3 Year Licence depending on star rating)

Other fee's and charges:

Minor Amendment of Licence: £54.00 hourly rate (minimum of 1 hour)

Major Amendment of Licence: £54.00 hourly rate (minimum of 2 hours)

Request for Re Rating: £54.00 hourly rate (minimum of 2 hours)

How long does the process take?

Following a successful inspection, we will aim to issue your licence within 28 days.

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Additional Information

Lucy’s Law

The Government has announced legislation known as ‘Lucy’s Law’. This will mean that puppies and kittens can no longer be sold by a third party seller. The legislation came into force on 6 April 2020.

The Government launched a new campaign in March 2020, raising awareness of the dangers associated with buying pets online and deceitful sellers. The campaign, including advice for potential owners to follow, can be found at:

How long does the licence last?

The length on the licence will be determined by their risk rating. Licence length can be between 1-3 years depending on whether they are meeting higher standards of animal welfare.

Do I need planning permission?

You can check Licences here

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Last updated: 02 April 2024 11:29:58

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