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Luton Borough Council

Pet shop licence

The welfare of all domestic and captive animals in this country is provided for in various statutes and Luton Council is responsible for the administration and issuing of a number of licenses relating to animals.

Apply for a pet shop licence

Selling animals as pets

The definition of selling animals as pets is: Selling animals as pets (or with a view to their being later resold as pets) in the course of a business including keeping animals in the course of a business with a view to their being so sold or resold.

Examples, of selling animals as pets are:

  • The import, distribution and sale of animals by a business.
  • Businesses registered with Companies House.
  • Businesses or individuals operating from domestic premises for commercial purposes (it should be noted that many may not be listed with Companies House).
  • Premises open to members of the public or to other businesses where animals are available for purchase.

This list is not exhaustive and applications will be assessed on a case by case basis. Do I need a licence?

If you sell animals as pets from any type of premises (including a private dwelling) you will need a licence. If your business fulfils one or more of these criteria then you require a licence. You can view the guidance and apply for a licence below.


Contact info
Licensing Service
Luton Borough Council Town Hall George Street Luton LU1 2BQ
Tel: 01582 546040

[email protected]


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