The welfare of all domestic and captive animals in this country is provided for in various statutes and Luton Borough 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
Private sector housing enforcement
1st Floor Annexe, Town Hall, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 2BQ
Tel: 01582 546040
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