Chelmsford City Council

Pet shops

Make your application

You will need a pet shop licence if you sell animals as pets.

To apply for a pet shop licence, you will need to:

  • complete the application form
  • pay the fee of £196.50      

Once we receive your application, we will notify you of our decision within three months.

We will only grant your license if you comply with all objectives and conditions. You can download and view the conditions for pet shops.

If we need a veterinary inspection of your establishment as part of the application process, you will have to pay for the inspection.

If we do not grant your licence, we will not refund your licence fee or any veterinary inspection charges. 


Renew your licence

Make your renewal

Your pet shop licence will be valid for one year from the date we granted it.

You need to renew your licence every year, before the current licence expires.

To renew your licence, you will need to:

  • complete the renewal form

  • pay the fee of £180.20


Fines and penalties

If you run a pet shop without a licence or don't follow the conditions of your licence, you could receive a:

  • fine of up to £500

  • prison sentence of up to three months

  • fine and a prison sentence

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