Anyone who trades in pets must have a pet shop licence issued by the local authority in whose area the premises are situated under the requirements of the Pet Animals Act 1951.
Licence applications must be accompanied by a licence fee (which is reviewed annually) and are subject to conditions to ensure the welfare of the animals.
The current application fee is 92.00 where only fish are sold or 138.00 if mammals, reptiles etc are sold.
Upon receipt of the application the premises will be inspected by an officer of the Council or with a veterinary surgeon to ensure the following:
If necessary the Council may require the specialist advice of a veterinary surgeon, especially in cases where exotic pets are beings old. Any costs associated with this will be recharged to the applicant.
For new pet shops planning permission may be required. Further information on this can be obtained from Planning and Building Control.
If you have a complaint regarding an establishment which is licensed by South Bucks District Council or an establishment which you think may be unlicensed please download the complaints form and return it to the Licensing Office to enable us to undertake an investigation.
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For more information please contact the Licensing Team on:
Licensing Team, Capswood, Oxford Road, Denham, Bucks, UB9 4LH
01895 837373 or 837325 / 837222