Pet shop licence
To run a business selling pet animals you need a
licence from South Ayrshire Council. 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.
How to apply
The links below take you to another website which processes these applications on
behalf of South Ayrshire Council
What happens next?
Before considering an application South Ayrshire Council must have received all
the required supporting documentation before the application is considered lodged.
South Ayrshire Council will 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.
It is in the public interest that the South Ayrshire Council must process your application
before it can be granted. We would expect to process your application within 25
working days. If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please contact
Will Tacit Consent apply?
In the interests of animal welfare, there is no automatic granting of a licence should we fail to respond to
you. Tacit Consent does not apply.
What if I have been refused approval?
Please contact South Ayrshire Council using the contact details below in the first
Any person who is refused a licence can appeal to the local Sheriff covering South
Ayrshire. A Sheriff may give directions on the issue of a licence.
Also, any licence holder who objects to a condition attached to a licence may appeal
to the local Sheriff covering South Ayrshire. A Sheriff may give directions on the
issue of a condition.
If you wish to complain about a licence holder then please use the contact details
Who to contact
South Ayrshire Council
Ayr KA7 1UT
Tel: 01292 618222
Fax: 01292 288755