Pet shops

Licence summary

Under the Pet Animals Act 1951, those who run a pet shop must obtain a licence to protect the welfare of animals sold as pets.

Licence conditions

Please note: There is no provision in the Act to transfer the ownership of a Licence from one person to another. Therefore if you are intending to purchase a currently licensed premises, you will need to apply, pay for and obtain a new Licence.

Who can apply?

Anyone who has not been disqualified from keeping animals may apply. At least one member of staff must, in the opinion of the local authority taking into account the animals being sold, have appropriate training.

Is planning permission required?

We recommend that you discuss your proposals with Planning Services to determine whether a planning application is needed.

How long will it take for my application to be assessed?

Once your application has been received, an officer will contact you as soon as possible, and within 28 days. The amount of time taken to determine the application will range depending on a number of factors, such as the amount of work required to comply with the licence conditions.

Will tacit consent apply?

No. A pet shop must not be run without a licence.

How do I apply for a licence?

How much does a licence cost?

  • £176

How long does a licence last?

One year, from 1 January to 31 December. All licences must be renewed on 1 January, irrespective of the date they were issued. There are no reduced fees for licences that only cover part of a year.

What can I do if my licence application is refused?

You can apply to the Magistrates' Court if your application is refused.

Public register of licensed pet shops

Suffolk Coastal register of licensed pet shops Waveney register of licensed pet shops

CIEH Model Licence Conditions and Guidance