Pet Shops

Pet shops must be licenced by the local council. The keeping of a pet shop is defined to mean the carrying on at a premises of any nature (including a private dwelling) of a business of selling animals as pets. Pet Shops that only sell food or animal equipment are not required to be licenced.

A Veterinary Consultant and a council officer inspect on application. All licensed pet shops within the District are subject to a renewal inspection and interim, 'spot check' inspection at some point throughout the licence period by a Licensing Officer.

All licenced pet shops must comply with Rochford District Councils standard conditions for pet shops and may be subject to additional conditions as specified by the council.


Pet Animals Act 1951.

Issuing Department


Financial Requirements

Please see schedule of fees in Related Content.  You will be invoiced for any Veterinary Consultants fees if a vet has been asked to attend the premises inspection.  A Licence will not be issued until all fees have been paid.

Expiry Date

All pet shop licences expire annually on 31st December.

Renewal of licences: It is an offence to keep a pet shop, selling animals, without a current licence. Therefore licence holders must apply for renewal of their licence at least 2 months before their licence expires.