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Pet shop licence

To run a business selling pet animals you need to apply for a licence.

Do I need a licence?

To run a business selling pet animals you need to apply for a licence from us.

Licensing includes all commercial selling of pet animals, including pet shops and businesses selling animals over the Internet.

What legislation applies?

What are the conditions of the licence?

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

We 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.

How much will it cost?

Application fee

  • New application - £160
  • Renewal - £160

Licences, irrespective of the date of issue will have to be re-applied for and determined before 31 December each year.

How do I apply?


Before you apply, please ensure that you seek guidance from our Animal Welfare Officer at the contact points below. 

Application form

pdf icon Application form for a Pet Shop License [80kb]

Completed application forms should be returned with the correct fee to our address below.

How long will it take you to process my application?

We will acknowledge receipt of your application within 5 working days.

If acknowledgement of your application has not been received within 5 days, contact us.

We will then process your application and tell you the outcome within 12 weeks.

If you do not supply the correct information or fee, your application will be rejected.

Will tacit consent apply?

No, tacit consent will not apply. This is because it is in the public interest as per animal welfare and public safety considerations that we must process your application before it can be granted.

If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please contact us at the points below or if you applied online, through the UK Welcomes service.

Contact us

You can enquire at the Civic Centre reception desk (14) from Monday to Thursday, 8.30am to 5pm and Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm.

Phone: 01902 551155
Minicom: 01902 555554
Fax: 01902 551195


Regeneration and Environment
City of Wolverhampton Council
Civic Centre, St. Peter's Square


Please note: The sale or display of dogs, pups and kittens is not allowed from pet shops licenced by the City of Wolverhampton Council. If you become aware of this illegal practice please contact us. Your confidentiality will be maintained if preferred.