Licensing Pet Shops
How to Apply for a Licence
The Pet Animals Act 1951 regulates the sale of pet animals from licensed pet shops and provides for powers of inspection by the City's Senior Animal Welfare Officer at all reasonable times.
One of the legislative provisions is that a pet animal, as defined, cannot be sold to a person under the age of 16 years.
To apply for a licence complete the Pet Shops Licence application form [pdf] attached below and return the form to the Animal Welfare Team - contact details are on the application form and are also provided at the bottom of this page. The registration form must be sent to the Animal Welfare Team at the address indicated, if it is sent to the wrong address this will delay determination of the application.
Once your application has been received you will be sent a payment reference number in order to pay for your application online by credit/debit card. To go directly to the payment page go to the Licensing Online Payment Form.
Invariably it is in the interests of all new applicants to discuss their proposals with the Senior Animal Welfare Officer (see contact details below) before completing an application.
Online Licence Application for Pet Shop
Refer to the Environmental Health fees and charges list to find the current charge for new or renewal licences.
Our target for dealing with applications is 25 days.
Tacit consent means that if we have not dealt with your application within the target period identified then your application will have been deemed to have been granted/approved.
Please note that tacit approval does not apply to applications for Pet Shop licences as it is in the public interest that the authority process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period please contact us.
First time applications at new or purpose built premises will require planning permission before being considered. If the premises concerned do not have planning permission this may result in the target period for considering such applications being extended.
Guidance and Advice
Regulations:- Pet Animals Act 1951
To access information on pet shops operating in the city contact the Animal Welfare Team - see contact details below.
Complaints/Enquiries - Applicants or Licence Holders
Contact the Animal Welfare Team - contact details included below.
This will be dependent on the nature of any complaint. Anyone who is concerned about the health, safety or welfare of any animal within a pet shop or any potential breach of licensing requirements should contact the Senior Animal Welfare officer - see contact details below.
Changes to Registration/Licence
Once you have registered you need to notify us of any change and in some circumstances this may result in a new licence application being required.
Birmingham City Council,
PO BOX 15908,
Telephone: 0121 303 6007
Fax: 0121 303 9901
or use our Online Form and select 'Animal Welfare' from the drop down list.
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