To run a business selling pet animals online or in a shop you will need a licence. Pet animals includes any vertebrate animals - fish, amphibian, reptile, bird or mammal.
Animal Welfare Licensing has changed
As of 1 October 2018 'Animal Activities Licensing' replaced pet shop licenses. Selling animals as pets (or with a view to them being sold later as pets) will require a licence.
Our Animal Activities Licensing page includes further details (including guidance notes, conditions and details of fees and when we will be accepting applications).