Apply to sell animals as pets
If you run a business that keeps and sells animals as pets, you must have a licence. This includes online businesses and those operating from domestic premises.
It costs £444.25 for a new pet shop licence, which lasts for a full calendar year. An application to renew your licence costs £164.25 and £79 per year (licences can be issued for 1, 2 or 3 years depending on outcome of inspection).
Please check the DEFRA guidance for information on licence conditions.
Applying for a licence
Before applying for any animal welfare licences you should discuss your business proposal with the Senior Animal Welfare Officer first. If your application is for a new or purpose-built premises, you’ll also need planning permission before your application can be considered.
To apply in writing, complete the download application form and return it to the address below.
We aim to process applications within 25 days. Please contact us if we have not given you a decision after this time.