Selling animals as pets

1. The licence

You must have a licence if you run a business that

  • sells animals as pets
  • keeps animals with the intention of selling them as pets

This applies to any premises in Stockport, including private properties.

Before making an application you should read through the DEFRA guidance notes below. It provides general and specific licence conditions that are attached to the licence and information on how to meet each required standard.

How to apply

To apply for a licence you must read the Conditions for selling animals as pets (PDF 118Kb) before you download and complete the form below

Selling animals as pets licence application

PDF, 136 KB

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There is an application fee which you must be pay when you make your application. You can find full details on our fees page.

How to pay

You can send a cheque for the cost of the licence enclosed with your application form to

Licensing Team
Environmental Health and Trading Standards
Fred Perry House
Edward Street
Stockport
SK1 3XE

Or you can email your application to licensing@stockport.gov.uk.

If you have an invoice you can call 0161 474 4181 and ask for business support.

The inspection

Before we grant you a licence we must arrange for an inspection of your premises to make sure you meet current legislation. Cheshire East Council will carry out the inspection on our behalf and they may be accompanied by a vet. Once they're satisfied that you comply with the necessary requirements, we'll issue your licence awarding a star rating of up to 5 stars and up to 3 years in length.