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Pet shops

Apply to run a pet shop

To run a business selling pet animals you need a licence from us.

Apply to run a pet shop.

This includes all commercial sales of pet animals, including pet shops and businesses selling animals over the internet.

Changes to an existing licence


A licence costs £87 (plus vet fees).


To apply for a pet shop licence you must not be disqualified from keeping a pet shop.

Application process

When considering an application for a pet shop licence we ensure that:

  • animals will be kept in suitable accommodation (temperature, size, lighting, ventilation, cleanliness,
  • animals have adequate food and drink
  • animals will be visited at suitable intervals
  • any mammalian animals will not be sold too young
  • steps are taken to prevent disease spreading among the animals
  • adequate fire and emergency provisions are in place

Will tacit consent apply?

Yes. You can act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from us by the end of the target completion period (28 days from the date of submission of all relevant information).

Failed or refused applications

Contact us in the first instance.

Licence holder redress

Contact us in the first instance.

If you object to conditions attached to your licence you can appeal to the local Magistrates Court.

Contact Environmental health

Contact us

Environmental Health
Public Protection
North Tyneside Council
The Silverlink North
Cobalt Business Park
North Tyneside
NE27 0BY

Telephone: (0191) 643 6100
Email: Environmental health

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