Pet Shops

The sale of animals as pets is a licensable activity under the Pet Animals Act 1951. Invertebrates are not included.

To run a business selling pet animals you need a licence.

Pets cannot be sold in streets, this includes barrows or at markets, and pets cannot be sold to children below the age of 12.

How do I apply?

Apply Online

Paper Application

If you do not have a credit/debit card please print and complete the form below. Post to the Licensing Team, enclosing a cheque (made payable to Mid Sussex District Council).

If you do not hear from us within 14 days please contact us.

A Licence has a number of conditions attached covering issues such as; accommodation in which the animals are kept, the adequacy of food and drink, control measures to eliminate the spread of disease, fire precautions and the age at which animals can be sold.

Licences normally run for one year, but always expire on 31 December of the year in which the application was made.

Licensing Officers regularly inspect Pet Shops, if necessary with a Vet, to ensure compliance with conditions.

Eligibility Criteria

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

Application Evaluation Process

  • that animals will be kept in suitable accommodation, for example in regards to temperature, size, lighting, ventilation and cleanliness
  • adequate food and drink will be provided to the animals and they will be visited at suitable intervals
  • that any mammalian animals will not be sold too young
  • that steps are taken to prevent disease spreading among the animals
  • that adequate fire and emergency provisions are in place

Conditions can be attached to a licence to ensure that the above are complied with.

Will Tacit Consent Apply?

No. It is in the public interest that Mid Sussex District Council must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within 14 days of applying please contact us on or tel: 01444 477419.