Pet shops

Pet Animals Act 1951 (as amended)

To run a business selling pet animals you need a licence from the Local Authority. This includes all commercial selling of pet animals, including pet shops and businesses selling animals over the internet.

A premises inspection by a licensing officer will be arranged on receipt of the complete application and appropriate fee, to determine the suitability of the premises to be licensed for such purpose and each application is considered on its own merits. Where it is felt necessary a further inspection by a vet may be arranged, the fee for which is payable by the applicant.

Where a licence is granted it imposes conditions relating to the feeding, housing and welfare of the animals.

Categories of animals which a licensed pet shop may keep includes, but is not limited to:

  • dogs and cats (puppies and kittens)
  • smaller domesticated mammals e.g. rabbits, guinea pigs, gerbils, hamsters rats, mice, chinchillas, ferrets
  • larger domesticated mammals e.g. goats, pot-bellied pigs
  • primates e.g. marmosets
  • other mammals
  • parrots, parakeets and macaws
  • other birds
  • reptiles
  • amphibians
  • fish and aquatic invertebrates
  • other vertebrates.

Please Note:

If you have a complaint regarding a business which is licensed by Slough Borough Council or a business which you think may be unlicensed, please contact the licensing office to enable us to undertake an investigation.