Keeping and running of a pet shop is controlled by the Pet Animals Act 1951.
To run a business selling pet animals you need a licence from us.
This includes all commercial selling of pet animals, including pet shops and businesses selling animals over the internet.
When an application is received, an officer from the Animal Control Service will inspect the proposed premises.
Where a licence is granted, that licence and any subsequent licence will expire on 31st December of the year to which it relates.
New application fee: £156 and is payable on application.
Continuing licences must be renewed in good time before 31st December if the premises are to continue as an animal boarding establishment.
Renew a licence fee: £134. This is due before 31st December each year. Your licence will automatically be renewed subject to a satisfactory inspection report and there being no issues with the premises.
Applicants for a pet shop licence must not be disqualified from keeping a pet shop.
Eligibility criteria for this licence.
Pay by cheque (made payable to Sheffield City Council) through the post, or by cash and cheques at our reception (see contact us for our address).
Print and complete the application form and post or bring it to our reception (see contact us for our address).
Application form for a pet shop licence
The following will be considered when the application is being evaluated:
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 will be attached to a licence to ensure that the above are complied with:
Details of conditions applied to all licensed pet shops
Your application will not be automatically granted as it is in the public interest that your application is processed before it can be granted to ensure the health and wellbeing of animals and public policy.
If you have not heard from us within 14 days of your inspection, please contact us.
It is advisable to submit your application to us as soon as possible as your application could take up to two months to be administered.
Once your application is submitted, a copy is sent to our Animal Control and Enforcement section who will contact you to arrange to inspect your premises.
During busy times, for example at the end of the year when there are a large number of renewals of licences, it is not guaranteed that an appointment will be made straight away.
Therefore, the earlier your application is submitted, the more likely you are to have your licence issued for when your premises opens or when your previous licence expires.
If no problems are identified following the inspection of your premises, we aim to grant your licence within 14 days.
If your application is not successful and you wish to appeal, please contact us.
Any applicant who is refused a licence can appeal to the local Magistrates' court.
Any licence holder who wishes to appeal against a condition attached to their licence can appeal to their local Magistrates' court.
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.
If you have any issues about such things as noise, pollution, etc, or should one licence holder wish to complain about another, please contact us in the first instance.