Pet Shop Licence

Any premises selling domestic animals as pets or for ornamental purposes needs a pet shop licence. No person may keep such an establishment without first obtaining a licence from the local authority.

Applying for a Pet Shop Licence

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Applicants are advised to read West Lothian Council's guidance on Icon for pdf Petshop licence conditions [351.44KB] before proceeding with their application.

Anyone wishing to apply must first complete a Icon for word pet shop licence application form [288.5KB] and return it with the Icon for pdf appropriate fee [93.08KB] to the address below. A copy of our pet shop application guidelines is available on request and it is recommended that applicants read through these thoroughly before applying. 

Upon application for a licence, which has not previously been granted, the premises must be inspected by a veterinary surgeon and a local authority officer.  For subsequent applications the local authority has discretion as to whether the inspection is carried out by a veterinary surgeon or a local authority officer or both.  A report following inspection shall be considered by the local authority before determining whether or not to grant a licence.

A separate invoice will be issued to cover the vets cost's once the inspection has taken place.  On receipt of this being paid and the licence conditions being met your new licence will be sent out. 

Once issued, licences will run until the 31st December of that year.  Licence's run from 1st January - 31st December of any one year.

Eligibility Criteria

A licence may not be issued if the applicant is disqualified from keeping a pet shop.

Licensed Pet Shops in West Lothian

Pet shops may be licensed for the keeping / sale of different species. Not all pet shops are authorised to sell all species of animals therefore it is advisable to check the licence certificate of the premises before making a purchase.  

Waste Management at Animal Welfare Licensed Premises

Please see Waste Management from Licensed Animal Welfare Premises.