Mark Widdup
Director of Neighbourhoods
Floor 3, Number One Riverside,
Smith Street, Rochdale, OL16 1XU
Animal Licensing
01706 924114 (option 4)
The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals)
(England) Regulations 2018
Application for a licence to sell animals as pets
Please complete all the questions in the form.
If you have nothing to record, please state "Not applicable" or "None"
1 Reference number
1.1 System reference Number (if known)
1.2 Your reference (if known)
Are you an agent acting on behalf of the
Yes No
If no, go to 3.1
Further information about the Agent
2.3 Address
2.5 Main telephone number
2.6 Other telephone number
Applicant details
3.1 Name
3.2 Date of birth
Home address
3.4 Email
3.5 Main telephone number
Other telephone number
Are you applying as a business or
organisation, including a sole trader
Yes No
3.8 Are you applying as an individual Yes No
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Applicant Business
Is your company registered with
companies house
Yes No
If no, go to 4.3
4.2 Registration Number
Is your business registered outside the
4.4 VAT Number
4.5 Legal status of the business
4.6 Your position in the business
The country where your head office is
Business Address This should be your official address The address required of you by law to
receive all communication
Building name or number
4.9 Street
4.10 District
City or Town
4.12 County or administrative area
4.13 Post Code
5.1 Pet Shop
5.2 Home Sales
5.3 Internet Sales
5.4 Wholesales
5.5 Third Party Sales
5.6 Hobby Sales (e.g. Pet Fairs)
Sale of animals to the public as pets by
means of a fixed or minimum donation
5.8 Other please state
Type of Application
Type of Application
New Renewal
If new, go to 6.3
6.2 Existing licence number
Further details about the applicant
Do you have any training certificates or
Yes / No
If no, go to 6.5
Please provide details of training
certificates and qualifications
Please provide details of relevant
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7.1 Name of premises/trading name
7.2 Address of premises
7.3 Telephone number of premises
7.4 Email address
Do you have planning permission for
this business use.
8.1 Number and size of rooms to be used
8.2 Heating arrangements
8.3 Method of ventilation of premises
8.4 Lighting arrangements (natural & artificial)
8.5 Water supply
8.6 Facilities for food storage & preparation
Arrangements for disposal of excreta,
bedding and other waste material
Isolation facilities for the control of
infectious diseases
Fire precautions/equipment and
arrangements in the case of fire
Do you keep and maintain a register of
Yes / No
8.11 When the premises is closed what
arrangements are in place to ensure the
welfare of animals.
Animals to be sold
Please provide details of the animals to be sold
Details of
including size
Age at which to be
9.1 Dogs / puppies
9.2 Cats /kittens
9.3 Chipmunks
9.4 Rabbits & cavies
9.5 Hamsters
9.6 Rats, mice & gerbils
Larger domesticated mammals, e.g.
goats, pot-bellied pigs
9.8 Primates e.g. marmosets
9.9 Parrots, parakeets and macaws
9.10 Pigeons
9.11 Other large birds (please specify)
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Animals to be sold
Please provide details of the animals to be sold
Budgerigars, finches and other small
9.13 Tortoises
9.14 Snakes and lizards
9.15 Tropical fish
9.16 Marine fish
9.17 Cold water fish
Any other species (please specify)
10.1 Name of usual veterinary surgeon
10.2 Company name
10.3 Address
10.4 Telephone number
10.5 Email address
Emergency key holder
Do you have an emergency key
If no, go to 12.1
11.3 Position/job title
11.4 Address
11.5 Daytime telephone number
11.6 Evening/other telephone number
11.7 Email address
11.8 Add another person?
If no, go to 12.1
Emergency key holder 2
11.9 Name
11.10 Position/job title
11.11 Address
11.12 Daytime telephone number
11.13 Evening/other telephone number
11.14 Email address
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12.1 Do you have public liability insurance?
If no, go to 12.7
12.2 Please provide details of the policy
12.3 Insurance company
12.4 Policy number
12.5 Period of cover
12.6 Amount of cover (£)
Please state what steps you are taking
to obtain such insurance
Disqualifications and convictions
Has the applicant, or any person who will have control or
management of the establishment, ever been disqualified or
convicted of any offences under The Animal Welfare Act
Is the applicant, or any person who will have control or
management of the establishment, prevented from applying
for such a licence by virtue of Regulation 11 and Schedule 8
of The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving
Animals) (England) Regulations 2018
Has the applicant, or any person who will have control or
management of the establishment, ever had a licence
refused, revoked or cancelled?
If yes to any of these questions,
please provide details,
Additional details
Please check local guidance notes and conditions for any additional information which may be required
Additional information which is
required or may be relevant to the
Please attach copies of the following Information :
14.2 A plan of the premises
Insurance policy
14.4 Operating procedures
14.5 Risk Assessments (including Fire)
Infection control procedure
14.7 Qualifications
14.8 Training records
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This section must be completed by the applicant. If you are an agent please ensure this section is
completed by the applicant.
I am aware of the provisions of the relevant Act, Regulations, the guidance, the general licence
conditions and the specific licence conditions;
The details contained in this application form and any attached documentation are correct to the best of
my knowledge and belief;
I understand that a person authorised by the Council will inspect the premises before a licence is
I understand that a person authorised by the Council may also inspect the premises either by
appointment or unannounced at any reasonable time, and may take photographs or video footage;
I am aware of all the fees, including any veterinary fees incurred by the Council, that are payable by me
regarding this licence application, and an officer from the Council will make contact by phone for a card
payment of those fees at the appropriate time;
I accept that in the event of my application being refused I will not be refunded the application fee or
any part thereof;
In accordance with the aforementioned legislation I hereby apply for a licence to carry on the activity of
Selling Animals as Pets at the above premises.
Signing this box indicates you have read
and understood the above declaration
15.3 Full Name
Capacity / Position of Signatory
15.5 Date
Find out how we use your personal information at
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General Conditions
Licence display
1.(1) A copy of the licence must be clearly and prominently displayed on any premises on which
the licensable activity is carried on.
(2) The name of the licence holder followed by the number of the licence holder’s licence must be
clearly and prominently displayed on any website used in respect of the licensable activity.
2.(1) The licence holder must ensure that at any time all the records that the licence holder is
required to keep as a condition of the licence are available for inspection by an inspector in a visible
and legible form or, where any such records are stored in electronic form, in a form from which they
can readily be produced in a visible and legible form.
(2) The licence holder must keep all such records for at least three years beginning with the date on
which the record was created.
Use, number and type of animal
3.(1) No animals or types of animal other than those animals and types of animal specified in the
licence may be used in relation to the relevant licensable activity.
(2) The number of animals kept for the activity at any time must not exceed the maximum that is
reasonable taking into account the facilities and staffing on any premises on which the licensable
activity is carried on.
4.(1) Sufficient numbers of people who are competent for the purpose must be available to
provide a level of care that ensures that the welfare needs of all the animals are met.
(2) The licence holder or a designated manager and any staff employed to care for the animals must
have competence to identify the normal behaviour of the species for which they are caring and to
recognise signs of, and take appropriate measures to mitigate or prevent, pain, suffering, injury,
disease or abnormal behaviour.
(3) The licence holder must provide and ensure the implementation of a written training policy for
all staff.
Suitable environment
5.(1) All areas, equipment and appliances to which the animals have access must present minimal
risks of injury, illness and escape and must be constructed in materials that are robust, safe and
durable, in a good state of repair and well maintained.
(2) Animals must be kept at all times in an environment suitable to their species and condition
(including health status and age) with respect to
(a)their behavioural needs,
(b)its situation, space, air quality, cleanliness and temperature,
(c)the water quality (where relevant),
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(d)noise levels,
(e)light levels,
(3) Staff must ensure that the animals are kept clean and comfortable.
(4) Where appropriate for the species, a toileting area and opportunities for toileting must be
(5) Procedures must be in place to ensure accommodation and any equipment within it is cleaned as
often as necessary and good hygiene standards are maintained and the accommodation must be
capable of being thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.
(6) The animals must be transported and handled in a manner (including for example in relation to
housing, temperature, ventilation and frequency) that protects them from pain, suffering, injury and
(7) All the animals must be easily accessible to staff and for inspection and there must be sufficient
light for the staff to work effectively and observe the animals.
(8) All resources must be provided in a way (for example as regards. frequency, location and access
points) that minimises competitive behaviour or the dominance of individual animals.
(9) The animals must not be left unattended in any situation or for any period likely to cause them
Suitable diet
6.(1) The animals must be provided with a suitable diet in terms of quality, quantity and frequency
and any new feeds must be introduced gradually to allow the animals to adjust to them.
(2) Feed and (where appropriate) water intake must be monitored, and any problems recorded and
(3) Feed and drinking water provided to the animals must be unspoilt and free from contamination.
(4) Feed and drinking receptacles must be capable of being cleaned and disinfected, or disposable.
(5) Constant access to fresh, clean drinking water must be provided in a suitable receptacle for the
species that requires it.
(6) Where feed is prepared on the premises on which the licensable activity is carried on, there must
be hygienic facilities for its preparation, including a working surface, hot and cold running water and
Monitoring of behaviour and training of animals
7.(1) Active and effective environmental enrichment must be provided to the animals in inside and
any outside environments.
(2) For species whose welfare depends partly on exercise, opportunities to exercise which benefit
the animals’ physical and mental health must be provided, unless advice from a veterinarian
suggests otherwise.
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(3) The animals’ behaviour and any changes of behaviour must be monitored and advice must be
sought, as appropriate and without delay, from a veterinarian or, in the case of fish, any person
competent to give such advice if adverse or abnormal behaviour is detected.
(4) Where used, training methods or equipment must not cause pain, suffering or injury.
(5) All immature animals must be given suitable and adequate opportunities to
(a)learn how to interact with people, their own species and other animals where such
interaction benefits their welfare, and
(b)become habituated to noises, objects and activities in their environment.
Animal handling and interactions
8.(1) All people responsible for the care of the animals must be competent in the appropriate
handling of each animal to protect it from pain, suffering, injury or disease.
(2) The animals must be kept separately or in suitable compatible social groups appropriate to the
species and individual animals and no animals from a social species may be isolated or separated
from others of their species for any longer than is necessary.
(3) The animals must have at least daily opportunities to interact with people where such interaction
benefits their welfare.
Protection from pain, suffering, injury and disease
9.(1) Written procedures must
(a)be in place and implemented covering
(i)feeding regimes,
(ii)cleaning regimes,
(iv)the prevention of, and control of the spread of, disease,
(v)monitoring and ensuring the health and welfare of all the animals,
(vi)the death or escape of an animal (including the storage of carcasses);
(b)be in place covering the care of the animals following the suspension or revocation of the
licence or during and following an emergency.
(2) All people responsible for the care of the animals must be made fully aware of these procedures.
(3) Appropriate isolation, in separate self-contained facilities, must be available for the care of sick,
injured or potentially infectious animals.
(4) All reasonable precautions must be taken to prevent and control the spread among the animals
and people of infectious diseases, pathogens and parasites.
(5) All excreta and soiled bedding for disposal must be stored and disposed of in a hygienic manner
and in accordance with any relevant legislation.
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(6) Sick or injured animals must receive prompt attention from a veterinarian or, in the case of fish,
an appropriately competent person and the advice of that veterinarian or, in the case of fish, that
competent person must be followed.
(7) Where necessary, animals must receive preventative treatment by an appropriately competent
(8) The licence holder must register with a veterinarian with an appropriate level of experience in
the health and welfare requirements of any animals specified in the licence and the contact details
of that veterinarian must be readily available to all staff on the premises on which the licensable
activity is carried on.
(9) Prescribed medicines must be stored safely and securely to safeguard against unauthorised
access, at the correct temperature, and used in accordance with the instructions of the veterinarian.
(10) Medicines other than prescribed medicines must be stored, used and disposed of in accordance
with the instructions of the manufacturer or veterinarian.
(11) Cleaning products must be suitable, safe and effective against pathogens that pose a risk to the
animals and must be used, stored and disposed of in accordance with the manufacturer’s
instructions and used in a way which prevents distress or suffering of the animals.
(12) No person may euthanase an animal except a veterinarian or a person who has been authorised
by a veterinarian as competent for such purpose or
(a)in the case of fish, a person who is competent for such purpose;
(b)in the case of horses, a person who is competent, and who holds a licence or certificate, for
such purpose.
(13) All animals must be checked at least once daily and more regularly as necessary to check for any
signs of pain, suffering, injury, disease or abnormal behaviour and vulnerable animals must be
checked more frequently.
(14) Any signs of pain, suffering, injury, disease or abnormal behaviour must be recorded and the
advice and further advice (if necessary) of a veterinarian (or in the case of fish, of an appropriately
competent person) must be sought and followed.
10.(1) A written emergency plan, acceptable to the local authority, must be in place, known and
available to all the staff on the premises on which the licensable activity is carried on, and followed
where necessary to ensure appropriate steps are taken to protect all the people and animals on the
premises in case of fire or in case of breakdowns of essential heating, ventilation and aeration or
filtration systems or other emergencies.
(2) The plan must include details of the emergency measures to be taken for the extrication of the
animals should the premises become uninhabitable and an emergency telephone list that includes
the fire service and police.
(3) External doors and gates must be lockable.
(4) A designated key holder with access to all animal areas must at all times be within reasonable
travel distance of the premises and available to attend in an emergency.
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Specific Conditions : Selling Animals as Pets
1. In this Part
“prospective owner” means a person purchasing an animal to keep or to be kept as a pet;
“premises” means the premises on which the licensable activity of selling animals as pets (or with a
view to their being later resold as pets) is carried on;
“purchaser” means a person purchasing an animal to keep as a pet or with a view to it later being
resold as a pet.
Records and advertisements
2.(1) A register must be maintained for all the animals or, in the case of fish, all the groups of fish,
on the premises which must include
(a)the full name of the supplier of the animal,
(b)the animal’s sex (where known),
(c)(except in the case of fish) the animal’s age (where known),
(d)details of any veterinary treatment (where known),
(e)the date of birth of the animal or, if the animal was acquired by the licence holder, the date
of its acquisition,
(f)the date of the sale of the animal by the licence holder, and
(g)the date of the animal’s death (if applicable).
(2) Where an animal is undergoing any medical treatment
(a)this fact must be clearly indicated
(i)in writing next to it, or
(ii)(where appropriate) by labelling it accordingly, and
(b)it must not be sold.
(3) Any advertisement for the sale of an animal must
(a)include the number of the licence holder’s licence,
(b)specify the local authority that issued the licence,
(c)include a recognisable photograph of the animal being advertised,
(d)(except in the case of fish) display the age of the animal being advertised,
(e)state the country of residence of the animal from which it is being sold, and
(f)state the country of origin of the animal.
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Prospective sales: pet care and advice
3.(1) The licence holder and all staff must ensure that any equipment and accessories being sold
with an animal are suitable for the animal.
(2) The licence holder and all staff must ensure that the prospective owner is provided with
information on the appropriate care of the animal including in relation to
(e)the life expectancy of its species,
(f)the provision of suitable accessories, and
(g)veterinary care.
(3) Appropriate reference materials on the care of all animals for sale must be on display and
provided to the prospective owner.
(4) The licence holder and all staff must have been suitably trained to advise prospective owners
about the animals being sold.
(5) The licence holder and all staff must ensure that the purchaser is informed of the country of
origin of the animal and the species, and where known, the age, sex and veterinary record of the
animal being sold.
Suitable accommodation
4.(1) Animals must be kept in housing which minimises stress including from other animals and
the public.
(2) Where members of the public can view or come into contact with the animals, signage must be in
place to deter disturbance of the animals.
(3) Dangerous wild animals (if any) must be kept in cages that are secure and lockable and
appropriate for the species.
(4) For the purposes of sub-paragraph (3), “dangerous wild animal” means an animal of a kind
specified in the first column of the Schedule to the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976.
Purchase and sale of animals
5.(1) The purchase, or sale, by or on behalf of the licence holder of any of the following is
(a)unweaned mammals;
(b)mammals weaned at an age at which they should not have been weaned;
(c)non-mammals that are incapable of feeding themselves;
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(d)puppies, cats, ferrets or rabbits, aged under 8 weeks.
(2) The sale of a dog must be completed in the presence of the purchaser on the premises.
Protection from pain, suffering, injury and disease
6.(1) All animals for sale must be in good health.
(2) Any animal with a condition which is likely to affect its quality of life must not be moved,
transferred or offered for sale but may be moved to an isolation facility or veterinary care facility if
required until the animal has recovered.
(3) When arranging for the receipt of animals, the licence holder must make reasonable efforts to
ensure that they will be transported in a suitable manner.
(4) Animals must be transported or handed to purchasers in suitable containers for the species and
expected duration of the journey.
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