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Pet Shops

New Animal Licensing Regime

On 1st October 2018, The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 come into force. These regulations will replace a number of pieces of existing legislation set to be repealed at the end of 2018 and will provide a new single licensing regime for a number of animal licensing activities.

Those undertaking the following activities will need to be licensed under the new regime:

  • Selling animals as pets
  • Providing or arranging for the provision of boarding for cats or dogs (including day care)
  • Hiring out horses
  • Breeding dogs
  • Keeping or training animals for exhibition

Licences held under the current system relating to pet shops, animal boarding establishments, riding establishments or dog breeding will continue in force for the rest of their term. Licence holders will then need to make an application for a licence under the new regime and comply with the new requirements.

The new Regulations set nationally applicable conditions that licence holders must comply with. A ratings system will be introduced whereby licence holders will be given a rating dependant on specified criteria. Current licence holders are advised to consider the conditions contained within the new regulations which will need to be complied with.

The Regulations can be found at:

Fees and a policy will be determined by the authority.

Zoos and Dangerous and Wild Animals will continue to be licensed under existing legislation.

Further information will be placed on this page when available.

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Pet shops - apply for a licence

Pet shops that sell animals (not just pet supplies) need to be licensed by the Licensing Authority under the Pet Animals Act 1951.

The Council has adopted the 'Model standards for Pet Premises Licence Conditions' produced by the Local Government Association (LGA), which covers animal welfare and health & safety issues within the shop. You can download an electronic copy of the latest standards here, or if you need a printed copy, please write to us at (please see our full contact details).

Prices are subject to an annual increase in April.

Apply for a licence in Adur

If you would like to apply for a pet shop licence in Adur please contact the Licensing Unit.

Apply for a licence in Worthing

If you would like to apply for a pet shop licence in Worthing please contact the Licensing Unit.

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