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Animal licences

Selling animal as pets

You need a licence if you sell animals as pets in the course of a business.  This includes the import, distribution and sale of animals by a business.  It applies to domestic premises and traditional pet shops where animals are available for purchase.

Failure to adhere to the statutory guidance will result in the Council refusing to grant a licence or renew a current licence.

GOV.UK - Selling Animals as Pets Licensing

We are in the process of developing guidance documents to assist you with your application. At this time they are not available but if you require further information please contact us via email at

Application for a licence to sell animals as pets