Pet Shops

To run a business selling pet animals you need a licence from the local authority. This includes all commercial selling of pet animals, including pet shops and businesses selling animals over the internet.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants for a pet shop licence must not be disqualified from keeping a pet shop.

A fee, determined by the Chiltern District Council, will be payable on application.

Licence activity

Application Fee

Grant Fee

Additional costs (i.e. vets fees or additional inspections)

Total Fee Payable



Variation to a licence (i.e. addition of activity, increase in number of animals, change to facilities) including re-rating


Variations to reduce the licensable activities or numbers of animals

Pet Shops








Application Evaluation Process

Application forms and guidance can be found in the downloads section below

Local authorities must have regard to the following when considering an application for a pet shop licence:

  • that animals will be kept in suitable accommodation, for example in regards to temperature, size, lighting, ventilation and cleanliness
  • adequate food and drink will be provided to the animals and they will be visited at suitable intervals
  • that any mammalian animals will not be sold too young
  • that steps are taken to prevent disease spreading among the animals
  • that adequate fire and emergency provisions are in place

Conditions can be attached to a licence to ensure that the above are complied with.

Will Tacit Consent Apply?

No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact it.

Failed Application Redress

Please contact the Licensing Team in the first instance.