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Pet shop licences

Can you sell pet animals, how to apply and pay for a pet shop licence, who else you may need to contact, how to renew or change your pet shop licence, who regulates pet shops and what happens if you don't apply. 

Can I sell pet animals?

If you want to sell animals to the public to keep as pets you will require a pet shop licence.

If you are unsure if you fall into this category you can email the licensing team:

Email: licensing@eastriding.gov.uk

It is an offence under the Pet Animals Act 1951 and the amendments act 1983 to sell animals to the public to keep as pets without a licence. The maximum penalty for this offence is a fine not exceeding £500 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 months or both.

How do I apply for a pet shop licence?

Pet vending licensing policy (pdf, 2.56mb opens in new window)

If you require further advice on applying for a pet shop licence, we offer a pre-application advice service, the fee for this service is £60 plus VAT. 

To book in for the pre-application advice service please email: licensing@eastriding.gov.uk.

To apply for a pet shop licence you must complete the application form and submit it to the licensing team and the fee of £200.

All pet shop licences run from the 1 January until the 31 December. So if you apply for a pet shop licence on the 1 October and it is granted it will expire on the 31 December in the same year.

Applying

Application for a pet vending licence (word 1.96mb, opens in new window)

Processing

Once you have submitted your complete application form and fee, you will be visited by a licensing officer, who will inspect your premises. A vets inspection may also be required dependent on the numbers and species types. 

You are required to meet the standards set out in the pet shop licence conditions listed below:

Pet vending model conditions (word 29kb opens in new window)

If you would like further advice about the condition requirements you can email the licensing team:

Email: licensing@eastriding.gov.uk

If your premise meets the required standard, your pet shop licence will be granted and a licence will be forwarded to you shortly.

You must then display the licence on the premises within clear view of the public.

If your premise does not meet the required standard, the officer who completed the inspection will tell you why and arrange to re-visit after you have done further work in order to meet the required standard.

A tacit consent does not apply to this application.

How can I pay for a pet shop licence?

You can submit a cheque made payable to East Riding of Yorkshire Council 

The current fee is £200.

You may also submit your application form and fee at any customer service centre across the East Riding area.

Who else may I need to contact?

If you are applying for a pet shop licence you may also need to speak to:

How do I renew my pet shop licence?

All pet shops must submit a renewal application each year along with the renewal fee of £160 to the licensing team prior to the 31 December.

If a renewal application is not received by the licensing team prior to the 31 December, the licence will lapse. If the shop continues to trade without a licence it will be trading illegally.

Renewing

Apply online for a pet shop renewal 

Who regulates pet shops?

The licensing team are responsible for the licensing and compliance of pet shops.

If a business holds a licence it should be on display in a prominent position at the premises. If you have concerns about a premises operating under a licence, have a complaint or would like to report a business that you are concerned are operating without a licence you can contact the licensing team, by either:

Email: licensing@eastriding.gov.uk

Please ensure you provide as much information as you can to help us.

You will be required to give your name and contact details so that we can ensure that the complaint is genuine.

Your details will be kept confidential and will not be disclosed unless the investigation results in a prosecution at which stage your details would have to be disclosed.

What happens if I do not apply for a pet shop licence?

It is an offence under the Pet Animals Act 1951 and the Amendments Act 1983 to sell animals to the public to keep as pets without a licence. The maximum penalty for this offence is a fine not exceeding £500 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months or both.

Last Updated: Friday, 04 May 2018