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Selling animals as pets

You must have a licence to sell animals as pets, or buy animals you intend to sell or resell as pets, and meet the licensing standards and conditions.

Please note: This used to be known as a pet shop licence.

Apply for a licence

The total fee payable is shown below. This amount consists of the initial administration fee payable with the application and the subsequent enforcement fee payable by credit/debit card prior to the issue of a licence. 

Type of licence

Total fee

Initial payment

Final payment









What happens next?

We'll send an officer to visit your premises. They'll check you're complying with the law in respect of health and safety, and the welfare of the animals.

If you pass the inspection, we'll issue you with a licence. This licence is subject to the Government’s standard conditions.