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Pet shop licence

Licence summary

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 Gosport Borough Council, will be payable on application.

 

Regulation Summary

A summary of the eligibility criteria for this licence (external website)

 

Application Evaluation Process

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 us. You can do this online here (external website) if you applied through the UK Welcomes service or use the contact details below.

 

Apply online (via gov.uk)

Apply to run a pet shop (external website)

Tell us about a change to your existing pet shop (external website)

 

Failed Application Redress

Please contact us in the first instance.

Any person who is refused a licence can appeal to the Magistrates court. A court may give directions on the issue of a licence.

 

Licence Holder Redress

Please contact us in the first instance.

Any licence holder who objects to a condition attached to a licence may appeal to the local Magistrates court. A court may give directions on the issue of a condition.

 

Consumer Complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery)

 

 

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