To run a business selling pet animals you need a licence from the District Council. This includes all commercial selling of pet animals, including pet shops and businesses selling animals over the Internet.
From 1st April 2017 the following licence application fees will apply:
New Application for licence to run a business selling pet animals -
£140.00 plus all Vet inspection fees (and VAT on Vet fees) and
£16.00 (plus VAT) payable to DDDC for arrangement of Vet inspection.
Renewal Application for licence to run a business selling pet animals -
£98.00 plus all Vet inspection fees (and VAT on Vet's fees), if applicable; and
£16.00 (plus VAT) payable to DDDC for arrangement of any Vet inspection.
If an inspection by a Vet is required you will be invoiced the full cost of the inspection(s) plus VAT after the visit has been made and a report has been provided to the Licensing Authority. The Licensing Authority will arrange any inspection by a vet, and an arrangement fee plus VAT will be charged.
Am I eligible?
An applicant must not have been disqualified from keeping animals or running a pet shop.
How will my application be evaluated?
- Animals will be kept in suitable accommodation at all times, and the accommodation is suitable in respect of construction, size, number of animals housed, temperature, lighting, ventilation and cleanliness
- Adequate food and drink will be provided and the animals will be visited regularly
- Any mammal animals will not be sold to young people
- Steps are taken to prevent disease spreading among animals
Any pet shop licence granted will be subject to compliance with the Model Licence Conditions produced by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and other organisations with a responsibility for animal welfare. These conditions can be viewed here [PDF 405 KB].
What if I don't hear back within the specified time?
It is in the public interest that we must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within 28 days, please contact the Licensing Team.
Online applications are not currently available. An application form can be downloaded here:
What happens if my application is refused?
Please contact us in the first instance. if you are refused a licence, or refused a licence renewal.
You may appeal to the local Magistrates' Court. A new applicant, or existing licence holder in the case of a renewal, may also appeal to the Crown Court against a decision of a Magistrates' Court.
We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first point of contact should be made with the owner of the business - preferably in the form of a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, please contact the Licensing Team for assistance.
View list of currently licensed premises here [PDF 181 KB].