Licences for animal related businesses

Pet shop licences or selling animals from a domestic premises

If you sell animals as pets you need a licence, whether you sell from a shop, another premises or even your home. This is to ensure the welfare of the animals and the safety of the public. Newham Council is the licensing authority for kennels and catteries. There is a fee of £350 per year when you apply for a licence. 

You must not sell animals as pets in public places such as on a market stall.

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.

Inspection of your pet shop or premises that animals are sold from

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 the length of it depends on the star rating you receive. Contact animal welfare for a copy of the licence conditions.

Renewing your licence

If you already have a licence, we will write to you to tell you when you need to renew it. You can renew your licence online and then send the fee by cheque, with your renewal application reference written on the back, made payable to London Borough of Newham.

Apply for a licence

It is your legal 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 an limited,  a prison sentence or both plus all costs incurred by the London Borough of Newham.