To run a business selling pet animals in the District of Sedgemoor you will need a licence from Sedgemoor District Council. This includes all commercial selling of pet animals, including pet shops and businesses selling animals over the internet.
The Pet Animals Act 1951 defines the keeping of a 'pet shop' to mean the carrying on at premises (including open land as well as buildings) of any nature (including a private dwelling) of a business of selling animals as pets and includes the keeping of animals in any such premises with a view to their being sold in the course of such a business, whether by their keeper or any other person This includes all commercial selling of pet animals, including pet shops and businesses selling animals over the internet.
Applicants for a pet shop licence must not be disqualified from keeping a pet shop.
The premises and the person who will operate it must meet the requirements of the legislation and conform to the Council's standards. An inspection of the premises will be required prior to granting any licence. The inspection will usually be undertaken by an animal welfare officer and who may from time to time also be accompanied by a member of the Council's Licensing Unit.
Planning permission may be required to permit a premises to be used for this purpose. Any advice on planning restrictions should be sought from the Planning Team.
Sedgemoor District 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 compiled with.
Pet Shop Licences run from January till December and licence holders must renew their licence each year if they wish to continue to operate as a licensed pet shop. To renew their licence, licence holders must complete and submit an application form and the relevant fee.