Selling animals as pets

If you want to sell animals as pets or sell them with a view to them later been resold as pets as part of a business, you will need a licence. 

Applying

To apply for a license, you'll need to:

We recommend reading the guidance notes for selling animals as pets 

Fees

There are two parts to the fee:

Part A - a fee of £195 for processing your application, including any appropriate checks (Part A) and,

Part B - an additional fee, if you are successful in being granted a licence, which depends on the risk rating your establishment receives during its inspection.

The Part B fee will be:

  • £195 if you receive a 1 or 2 star
  • £294 if you receive a 3 or 4 star
  • £422 if you receive a 5 star

If you need advice and guidance on applying for a license, we offer a pre-application advice service. The fee for this service is £63. 

If you would like to book a pre-application advice meeting please email animal.licensing@medway.gov.uk

Paying the fee

You can download a complete list of fees

Payments can be made by card when calling 01634 333 333.

You will need to advise the customer services officer what you are paying for and ensure you include your payment reference number on your application form along with the date you made the payment.

Reference for selling animals as pets - 4E55194900058557 

Alternatively, you can pay by cheque made payable to Medway Council and attach it to your application form.

After you apply

Once we have your application, we'll contact you to arrange an inspection of the premises by one of our licensing officers and an independent vet.

After the inspection, if successful, you'll get a risk rating of either 1,2,3,4 or 5 stars. This will determine how long your licence will last for.

To complete your application and receive your licence, you'll need to pay the hourly rate for the vet, where necessary, and:

  • £195 if you receive a 1 or 2 star
  • £294 if you receive a 3 or 4 star
  • £422 if you receive a 5 star

For more information, you can download our guidance notes and FAQ.

Inspection reports

To speed up the inspection, you can download and begin to complete the inspection report that will be used by officers during your premises' inspection.

You can download the inspection report for selling animals

Existing licences

If you've already got an animal licence, under the previous legislation, you'll need to apply for a new one when it expires.

You’ll need to complete a new application at least 10 weeks before your existing licence expires.

For more advice, you can contact the environmental protection team by email at animal.licensing@medway.gov.uk

Renewing

Your licence will last for either one, two or three years, depending on the premises’ risk rating and level of compliance, with premises representing low risk and identified as maintain high standards, receiving up to a five star rating. 

You’ll need to complete a new application at least 10 weeks before your existing licence expires.

Other permissions you may need

When operating a business you may also need to speak to:

  • Planning - for the correct permission to operate your business
  • Business Rates - to ensure you are set up to pay your rates