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Pet shops


You will need a pet shop licence if you want to run a pet shop in Maidstone. This includes all commercial sales of pets both over the counter and over the internet.

If you breed dogs to sell in a pet shop you will need a dog breeding licence.

Most retail premises will not need planning permission before they can be used as a pet shop. Any A1 retail premises can be used as a pet shop without planning permission. Any A2 – A5 premises can be converted for use as a pet shop without planning permission. More information about planning permission can be found on our Planning Pages.

Who’s it for?

You can apply for a licence if you have never been disqualified:

We take any previous offences relating to either the mistreatment of or the negligence in care of animals, and any evidence that supports this very seriously.

Apply for a licence

You will need to supply:

  • A copy of your Public Liability Insurance to the value of at least £1 million
  • A detailed plan of your premises including all relevant features such as emergency access, any public areas, animal accommodation, exercise areas, water, electricity access and any storage areas.
  • Any other relevant documentation for the types of animal which you want to sell, such as a CITES certification or registration

Apply for a pet shop licence

How long does it take

Applications take 30 days to process, with a pre-inspection visit taking place after 10 days. We will contact you within eight days of receiving the application to arrange the visit. A formal inspection will be arranged after the pre-inspection visit.

Renew my licence

You will need to renew your licence every year. You can renew your licence and online and will need to supply a current copy of your Public Liability Insurance with the renewal

Renew my licence

Make changes to my licence

If you need to change your licence:

  • You can apply and pay the fees online on the GOV.uk website
  • It will be treated as a new application
  • You will need to supply all supporting documents with the application

You might not need to change your licence if you’re making small changes to the premises. Before making an application contact the licensing partnership team by emailing licensing@sevenoaks.gov.uk or call 01732 227004 and they will confirm whether you need to make a new application.

Change my licence

Licence fees

New applications, renewals and changes to existing licences will cost £420. If you're applying for another pet shop licence then add £85 to the original fee.

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