Who needs a pet shop licence

If you sell animals as pets (other than invertebrates, like stick insects), you need a licence. We inspect pet shops with veterinary surgeons.

Licences run for a maximum of one year. Licences always expire on 31 December.

If you're in control of a pet shop, you must have a recognised qualification in pet shop management. You cannot sell pets in the street or to children under 12 years old.

The sale of animals at bird or reptile fairs is normally illegal.

What animals pet shops can keep

If you have a pet shop you can keep:

  • puppies and kittens
  • small domesticated mammals, like rabbits and gerbils
  • large domesticated mammals, like goats or pot-bellied pigs
  • primates, like marmosets
  • other mammals
  • parrots, parakeets and macaws
  • other birds
  • reptiles
  • amphibians
  • fish
  • other species

Find information about Lucy’s Law. This is a new law, introduced in April 2020. It means pets shops and commercial dealers are not allowed to sell puppies and kittens unless they have bred the animal themselves. 

Find more information about pets in the Pet Animals Act 1951.

You can send us an email ehl.animalwelfare@brighton-hove.gov.uk or phone 01273 294 266.

Pet shops licensed by Brighton & Hove City Council

  • A Coombes Pet Centre
  • Paraquatics
  • Mayberry Garden Centre
  • Pets at Home
  • Pets Corner – The Kingsway
  • Pets Corner – Wyevale
  • Pets Corner – Preston Road
  • Maidenhead Aquatics