Welcome to Bedford Borough Council

 
Our Services A - Z :
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
 
 

You are here: Home Page > Business > Licences and Street Trading > Pet Shop Licence

Pet Shop Licence

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.

 

To download the procedural guidance issued to local authorities, please click on the link below:

 

Procedural Guidance for Animal Activity Licensing 2018

 

To download the new licence conditions for each of the animal activities covered please click on the link below

 

Conditions for the breeding of dogs

Conditions for hiring out horses

Conditions for the keeping or training of animals for exhibitions

Conditions for providing boarding for cats or dogs

Conditions for selling animals as pets

 

A schedule of fees and the application forms will be published on this page when they become available.

 

 

If you would like to make an on-line payment, please use the link in the listing on the left hand side of this page.

 

The full Privacy Statement for Pet Shops can be viewed here

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 the Local Authority, will be payable on application.

Regulation Summary

A summary of the regulation relating to this licence

Application Evaluation Process

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

  • a person who has at any time held a licence which was revoked under regulation 15 of the Regulations 
  • a person who has at any time held a licence which was revoked under regulation 17 of the Animal Welfare (Breeding of Dogs) (Wales) Regulations 2014(a) 
  • a person who has at any time held a licence which was revoked under regulation 13 of the Welfare of Wild Animals in Travelling Circuses (England) Regulations 2012(b)
  • a person who has at any time held a licence which was revoked under regulation 12 of the Welfare of Racing Greyhounds Regulations 2010(d)
  • a person who is disqualified under Section 34 of the Act
  • a person who is disqualified under section 40(1 and (2) of the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006(e)

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. You can do this online if you applied through the UK Welcomes service or use the contact details below. The target completion period for processing these applications is 60 working days.

Apply online

Apply to run a pet shop

Tell us about a change to your existing pet shop

Failed Application Redress

Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance.

Any person who is refused a licence can appeal to the Magistrates court or, in Scotland, the Sheriff covering the area the premises is located. A court or Sheriff may give directions on the issue of a licence.

Licence Holder Redress

Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance.

Any licence holder who objects to a condition attached to a licence may appeal to the local Magistrates court or, in Scotland, the Sheriff covering the area the premises is located. A court or Sheriff 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). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Other Redress

None

Trade Associations

Pet Care Trust (PCT)