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Pet shops

Any person who trades in pets (which means any vertebrate including fish), must apply to us for a Pet Shop Licence. They are issued under the Pet Animals Act 1951. Trade in pets is not allowed from any part of a street, or public place or at a stall or barrow in a market.

Licences expire on December 31, each year and must be renewed annually. Before a licence is issued, the premises will be inspected by us to ensure the following:

  • animals will at all times be kept in accommodation suitable as respects size, temperature, lighting, ventilation and cleanliness
  • animals will be adequately supplied with food and drink and (so far as is necessary) visited at suitable intervals
  • animals, being mammals, will not be sold at too early an age
  • all reasonable precautions will be taken to prevent the spread among animals of infectious diseases
  • appropriate steps will be taken in the case of fire or other emergency

If necessary we may seek the specialist advice of a veterinary surgeon, especially in cases where exotic pets are sold.

To apply

Please see our licence conditions and application forms for Pet shop licences below:

Return your completed licence application form with the appropriate fee (currently £82.00) to:

  • Environmental Health, Charnwood Borough Council, Southfields, Loughborough. LE11 2TX

Additional information

For new pet shops, planning permission may be required. Further information can be obtained from Planning Services. 

The following document, published by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health Officers, details all the conditions that must be complied to

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