If you are new to the whole or an area of animal activities licensing and require advice and guidance on applying for a Pet Sales licence, we offer a pre-application advice service. The fee for this service is £100 plus VAT.
Please note: we cannot offer pre-application advice to any person who is subject to compliance/intervention or enforcement action by the Licensing Team.
If you would like to book a pre-application advice meeting please email: email@example.com
To apply for a pet sales licence you must complete the online application form below
Please note: the online form will require payment at the end of the application, and failure to make the payment online will mean the licensing team does not receive your application to sell animals as pets.
Apply for a licence to sell animals as pets
Alternatively, you can complete the hard copy form below and submit it to the licensing team with all supporting documents and the appropriate fee.
Any application made without the supporting documents will not be accepted.
Application for a licence to sell pets (word 209kb)
Animal activities licence fees April 2022 (pdf 194kb)
Once you have submitted your completed application form and fee and supporting documents, you will be visited by a licensing officer who will inspect your premises. A vet's inspection may also be required depending on the numbers and species types.
You are required to meet the standards set out in the Animal Welfare ( Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) Regulation 2018.
Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) Regulations 2018 (pdf 5mb)
Guidance for selling animals as pets (external website)
If you would like further advice about the condition requirements you can email the licensing team:
If your premises meet the required standard, your pet sales licence will be granted and a licence will be forwarded to you within ten weeks of your complete application.
You must then display the licence on the premises in clear view of the public.
If your premises do not meet the required standard, the officer who completed the inspection will tell you why and arrange to revisit after you have done further work in order to meet the required standard.
A tacit consent does not apply to this application, meaning that your application will not automatically be granted after a specified period of time. Each application must be considered on its own merits.