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.
Application form and instructions
To obtain a pet shop licence, you should:
- Fill in the application form and the inventory form.
- Sign the forms and attach the relevant fee.
- Return the completed form and fee to PPASB, City Hall, Beaumont Fee, Lincoln, LN1 1DD
There is an application fee which must be paid at the time an application is made. Non reptile stockists fee is £104.00, reptile stockists fee is £293.00.
Where a licence is granted, that licence and any subsequent licence will expire on the 31st December of the year to which the licence relates and must be renewed before that date if the premises are to continue as a pet shop. We will contact the Licensee one month prior to the licence expiring.
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.
Public Protection and Anti-Social Behaviour Team
Tel: 01522 873378