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.
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.
You will need to supply:
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.
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
If you need to change your licence:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01732 227004 and they will confirm whether you need to make a new application.
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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