Pet shops


Pet Animals Act 1951

Pet Animals Act 1951 (Amendment) Act 1983


The Act requires any person keeping a pet shop to be licensed by the local authority.

Before granting a licence the local authority must be satisfied that the animals are kept in accommodation that is both suitable and clean; that they are supplied with appropriate food and drink; and are adequately protected from disease and fire.

The local authority may attach any conditions to the licence, may inspect the licensed premises at all reasonable times and may refuse a licence if the conditions at the premises are unsatisfactory or if the terms of the licence are not being complied with. Pets cannot be sold in the street, including on barrows and markets.

This includes all commercial selling of pet animals, including pet shops and businesses selling animals over the internet. The legislation only applies to the sale of vertebrates.

Apply for a pet shop licence

Applications can be made on the associated application form and you will be invoiced when your application has been processed.

Alternatively applications can be made via the following link (including online payment options)

A list of the draft conditions are available to download for information but may be varied and/or additional conditions imposed on your final licence (if approved). Details will be discussed with you as part of the application process.

Contact us

Environmental Health

Wakefield Council
Wakefield One
PO Box 700
Burton Street

0345 8 506 506