Apply for an animal licence

Selling animals as pets

If you run a business that sells animals as pets, you must have a licence. This includes selling animals from your home or on the internet.

You'll need to pay a non-refundable fee of £160 to apply and a further £165 if the licence is granted. You'll also be responsible for paying any vets fees.

As part of your application you'll need to submit copies of the following:

  • plan of the premises
  • operating procedures
  • insurance policy
  • risk assessments (including fire)
  • qualification and training records
  • infection control procedure

You'll need to return your form and supporting documents to You can also email the team if you have any questions before applying.

To pay the application fee you can:

  • call 01227 862 427 to make a phone payment or 
  • send a cheque made payable to Canterbury City Council. 

Apply for a licence to sell animals

Download an application for a licence to sell animals

    Licences are valid for one to three years, based on a risk rating we award each licence holder.