Licence to Sell Animals as Pets

  • The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018

    A licence is required for anyone who sells animals as pets or with a view to them being resold as pets. This includes any internet business of selling pets plus anyone who supplies pets for sale, either to a third party or directly to the public.

    Selling animals as pets as a business is prohibited in any part of a street, in a public place, or at a stall or barrow in a market.

    Each premises will be risk rated at inspection and will be given a star rating from 1 to 5, which will also determine whether the premises is granted a licence for 1, 2 or 3 years. An explanation of the star rating procedure can be viewed by clicking on the document at the side of this page.


  • Applying

    Complete the online form (see link at the side of the page - you can register with our website or use the "Submit report anonymously" button, which does not require you to sign in).

    Please note that an application for a licence renewal must be received more than 10 weeks before the current licence expires. Failure to do so may result in the licence not being renewed in time and, thus a period where the business can not operate.

    Please contact us on 01962 848097 (or email if you have any queries.

  • Conditions

    The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 came into force on 1st October 2018, although current licences issued under previous legislation will remain in place until their expiry date. Guidance is here. The Guidance was last updated on 30th November 2018. Note that you will need to read the guidance for the appropriate activity but also the procedural guidance. A copy of the conditions for each category can be viewed by clicking the appropriate document at the side of this page.

  • Fees

    The fees for Animal Licensing for 2018/19 (as revised in accordance with the Regulations) are £200.

    Note that, should the licensee apply for a reinspection, this must be done in writing, setting out the work that has been completed and the reasons for the reinspection. The full fee is payable for a reinspection.

    Methods of Payment:

    1. Credit/Debit card. Telephone 01962 848097 and your details will be taken.
    2. Online. Use the blue Pay button on our home page. Choose Miscellaneous Payments. A new window appears. Choose Miscellaneous Payments again. Choose Animal Welfare from the list. Select the appropriate licence type and click on it. You are taken to an online form. Fill in the details and put the name of your premises in the message box. Use the continue button to move to the next page and make your payment.


  • Inspections

    Appointed veterinary surgeons and practitioners, appropriately qualified local authority officers, or other competent persons authorised by the local authority may inspect licensed premises and any animals at such premises at any reasonable time. Note that, if a veterinary surgeon or practitioner is required to attend an inspection, these charges will be passed on to the applicant in addition to the Council's licence fees.

    There will normally only be one inspection for each licence granted but further inspections may be made to check that licence conditions have been complied with, if a complaint is received about the premises, or if there is any concern about the condition of the premises, or the welfare of an animal at the premises.

    Unlicensed premises may also be inspected in accordance with the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

    Please contact us on 01962 848097 (or email if you have any queries.

  • Refusal, Revocation, Suspension or Variation of a Licence

    A licence will be refused;

    • If the applicant is under 18.
    • If the applicant has been disqualified from holding an animal licence or keeping an animal, or has had a licence revoked under scetion 15 of the Regulations.
    • If conditions of the licence are not met.

    The applicant may appeal to a First tier Tribunal if the Council refuses to grant or renew a licence

    A licence may be varied, suspended or revoked by the Council for the following reasons;

    • the licence conditions are not being complied with
    • there has been a breach of the Regulations
    • the information supplied by the licensee is false or misleading, or
    • it is necessary to protect the welfare of an animal.

    The licensee may appeal to a First tier Tribunal if the Council has varied, suspended or revoked a licence.

    However, a licence may be varied by mutual consent of the Council and licensee.