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Pet shop licence

Registration of a pet shop

If you wish to run a business selling pet animals you'll need an annual licence from Middlesbrough Council. This includes all commercial selling of pet animals, including pet shops and businesses selling animals over the internet.

Applicants for a pet shop licence must not be disqualified from keeping a pet shop.

Read the standard licence conditions.

Read the Pet Animals Act 1951.

Read the Pet Animals Act 1951 (Amendment) Act 1983.

How to apply

You can apply by downloading the pet shop licence application form and returning it to Middlesbrough Council’s Environmental Protection Team.

What happens next?

After receiving your completed application and fee, an officer will contact you to arrange an inspection of your premises to ensure that they meet the licence conditions.

You won't be able to operate your business until your licence has been granted.

Redress information

In case of dispute or to appeal a decision, please contact Middlesbrough Council’s Environmental Protection Team on 01642 726001.

Customer complaint

If you're a customer of a licensed/registered premises and wish to complain about the service or products sold, we would advise you to contact the trader in the first instance to resolve the matter. If the matter cannot be resolved please contact the Environmental Protection Team on 01642 726001.

Trade Associations

Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association (OATA)

Pet Industry Federation

Reptile and Exotic Pet Trade Association (REPTA)