A licence is required for the sale of ‘pet animals’.

The following criteria will be considered when the application is being processed:

  • that animals will be kept in suitable accommodation. This includes temperature, size, lighting, ventilation and cleanliness
  • adequate food and drink will be provided and animals will be visited at suitable intervals
  • that any 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.

If you require further advice, contact Environmental Health at [email protected]


£155 (excluding vet fees) 


To apply for a pet shop licence or tell us about a change to an existing pet shop, contact Environmental Health.

Processing and timescales

Once your application has been received with the correct fee, we will aim to visit your premises with a local vet within 14 days.


Pet Animals Act 1960.

Failed applications and appeals

Failed applicants should contact Environmental Health on 0151 606 2430 in the first instance.

Appeals against a failed application or conditions attached to a licence can be made to the local magistrates’ court.

Report a problem

Report a concern about practices at a registered address.

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