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Selling Animals as Pets

Changes to the Animal Licensing Laws

The Government has now published updated legislation for animal businesses and confirmed that these changes will take effect from 1 October 2018. Under the new laws, animal boarding businesses (including home boarders and day carers), dog breeders, pet shops and riding establishments will be covered under a single type of licence from that date. It will be known as an 'animal activity licence', with new nationally-set licence conditions for businesses providing animal-related services.

 

We cannot change these conditions as they are already set in the legislation. Businesses operating with these activities will need to comply with the new conditions, and will be assessed before the licence is granted to make sure they can meet them. Those businesses operating under current licences will be able to continue to do so until the expiry date of their licence. All applications to renew licences will be under the new legislation.

 

The effect of the new regulations is to replace some existing licensing regimes and to put in place a new licensing regime to control the following licensable activities:

 

  • Breeding Dogs
  • Boarding for Cats
  • Boarding in Kennels for Dogs
  • Home Boarding for Dogs
  • Day Care for Dogs
  • Selling Animals as Pets
  • Hiring out Horses
  • Keeping or Training Animals for Exhibition

 

Defra have issued revised guidance effective from 1 October 2018 

Procedural Guidance for Animal Activity Licensing 2018

Guidance notes for selling animals as pets

 

Below is the application form and the template for the inspector's report which will demonstrate what the veterinarian must check during his visit:

 

Application for a licence to sell animals as pets

Inspector's report for selling animals as pets

 

Schedule of fees

 

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The full Privacy Statement for Pet Shops can be viewed here