Pet shop licence

If you sell animals as pets, or with a view that they will later be sold as pets, you will need a licence under The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018.

Pet shop licences are valid for one, two or three years based on a risk assessment. The more conditions you meet, the better chance you have of being granted a longer licence.

In order to secure a pet shop licence, your business must meet the conditions in the legislation and the guidance set by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA):

A Council officer or vet may inspect your premises before giving you a licence, and any time after the licence is granted. Some visits will be unannounced as required by the legislation.

The more conditions you meet, the better chance you have of being granted a longer licence.

Apply for a pet shop licence

To apply for a pet shop licence, please complete the following steps:

We will take the full payment when you apply. If your licence is not granted, part of your licence fee will be refunded to you.

Apply online

Vary a licence

If you wish to vary your licence, please email publichealth.licensing@horsham.gov.uk on 01403 215427.

If you breach your pet shop licence or run a pet shop without one, you could be fined.

If you stop or delay an inspection your licence can be taken away and you could be banned from running a pet shop.

For more details, please read the legislation.