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Pet Shop Licence

To run a business selling animals as pets in the district you need a licence from us. This includes all commercial selling of pet animals, including pet shops and businesses selling animals over the Internet. A licence may also be required in other circumstances when animals are sold. Animals may never be sold from a market stall etc.

More information about selling animals as pets is available from the Pet Industry Federation website (see below).

Before submitting an application, please ensure that you and your establishment comply with the conditions. These can be found in The Animal Welfare Regulations (2018) in the link below.

Application requirements

To apply for a licence to sell animals as pets, please submit the following to Licensing:

  • Fully-completed application form
  • Qualification showing you, or a member of staff, have completed Ofqual Level 2 or above qualification in a relevant field. Only in exceptional circumstances will proof of relevant experience be accepted instead of a qualification
  • Written procedures
  • Application fee payment. This can be made by cheque to Blaby District Council, or is payable over the phone by credit/debit card. Our table of fares can be found below

Once we have received a complete and valid application, you will be contacted to arrange an inspection of the premises. 

If the inspection of the premises is satisfactory you will be required to pay the licence grant fee, and the licence will then be issued. If the inspection is unsatisfactory, you will be contacted in writing and advised that the licence has been refused.

If you would like to discuss the application process, please contact Licensing.

Pet shops in the District

See below a list of Pet Shops licensed with Blaby District Council, sorted by star rating.

Five Star
Licence Holder Organisation Location                       
N/A Maiden Head Aquatics Enderby
N/A Pets at Home Enderby
Three Star
Licence Holder Organisation Location
L Richardson ThePartyAnimals Ltd Desford


Application Price
The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 £105 application fee per activity
+ veterinary inspection costs where necessary
The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 £115 grant fee per licence
Minor Variation of Licence £20 minor variation fee
Major Variation of Licence £55 major variation fee
Dangerous Wild Animal Licence £235 + veterinary inspection costs
Zoo Licence £1020 + veterinary inspection costs
Last updated 8 March 2024
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