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Pet Shop Licence

Pet Shop Licence

The keeping and running of a pet shop is controlled by the Pet Animals Act 1951.

No person may keep a pet shop unless they have first obtained a licence from their Local Authority.

Licence enforcement

The following offences and penalties apply to pet shops:

  • Any person found guilty of keeping a pet shop without a licence may be subject to a fine not exceeding £500 or up to three months imprisonment, or both.

  • Any person found guilty of failing to comply with their licence conditions may be subject to a fine not exceeding £500 or up to three months imprisonment, or both.

  • Any person found guilty of obstructing or delaying an Inspector, or authorised Veterinary Surgeon or Veterinary Practitioner in the exercising of their powers of entry may be fined up to a maximum of £500.

If found guilty under this Act, the defendant’s licence may be cancelled and they may be disqualified from keeping a pet shop for such a length of time as the Court thinks fit.

Apply for a Pet Shop Licence

Find out how to apply for a Pet Shop Licence.

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