To run a business selling pet animals in Darlington you need a licence from Darlington Borough Council. This includes all commercial selling of pet animals, including pet shops and businesses selling animals over the internet. A pet shop can be any premises including a private dwelling from which animals are sold. The term animal includes any vertebrate. Registered breeders selling off excess stock are exempt from this legislation.
Where a person is for the time being disqualified from keeping a pet shop under the Pet Animals Act 1951 or is disqualified under section 28F(1) and (2) of the Animal Health Act 1981, or section 40(1) and (2) of the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006, Darlington Borough Council shall not grant a licence to keep a pet shop to that person.
We aim to notify applicants that their application has been received within 3 working days - online applicants will be notified by email. Darlington Borough Council must have regard to the following when considering an application for a pet shop licence:
- That animals will be kept in suitable accommodation, for example in regards to temperature, size, lighting, ventilation and cleanliness
- Adequate food and drink will be provided to the animals and they will be visited at suitable intervals
- That any mammalian animals will not be sold too young
- That steps are taken to prevent disease spreading among the animals
- That adequate fire and emergency provisions are in place
Conditions can be attached to a licence to ensure that the above are complied with.
In order that Darlington Borough Council can be satisfied that the above are complied with, it will arrange for an Environmental Health Officer to carry out an inspection of the premises.
Will Tacit Consent Apply?
Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from us within 28 days.
How to Apply
We aim to acknowledge your application form within three working days. If you have applied online we will acknowledge your application by email.
You have the option of applying online or by downloading an application form.
Apply for a licence to keep a pet shop [external link]
Download an Application Form
If you would prefer to download an application form, please download the document below and return it to us using the contact details at the bottom of the page.
Pet shop licence application form [word document]
Failed Application Redress
Any applicant who is refused a licence can appeal using the form T98 which can be found on:
www.gov.uk/government/publications/form-t98-notice-of-appeal-general-regulatory-chamber-grc (external link)
We would always advise that in the event of complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Citizens Advice [external link] will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre [external link].
Pet Care Trust (PCT) [external link]