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Licences: pet shops

If you sell animals as pets you need a licence, whether you sell from a shop, another premises or even your home. We are the licensing authority.
You must not sell animals as pets in public places such as on a market stall.
Parrot in a pet shop

​Apply for a licence to run a pet shop

You can apply for a licence online:

Application fee for a pet shop licence

There is a fee of £350 when you apply for a licence.

After you submit form, make a note of the reference number and write it on the back of a cheque payable to the London Borough of Newham.

Send your cheque to:
Animal Welfare
Central Depot
Folkestone Road
E6 4BX

Inspection of your pet shop

We will inspect the premises, with a vet if needed, before we agree to give you a licence. We may also inspect at any time after we give you a licence. When we inspect, we will check that:
  • the place is suitable for the animals
  • you give the animals the right food and drink – we will visit regularly if need be
  • you take care to stop the spread of disease
  • you do not sell mammals, if they are too young
  • you have plans in case of fire or other emergencies.
If we give you a licence it will be valid for one year, and we may add conditions to it.

Renewing your pet shop licence

If you already have a licence, we will write to you to tell you when you need to renew it.

To renew your licence, fill in our online application form. After you submit the form send your payment.
It is your responsibility to make sure that you have a current licence. If you run a pet shop without a licence, or break the terms of a licence, you may face a fine of up to £500 or up to three months in prison, or both.

Contact the Animal Welfare Team 

For information or advice fill in our online enquiry form. You can also report a licensing problem online.

Alternatively, call 020 8586 9739.
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