Pet shop licence

If you run a business selling animals as pets you need a licence from Newport City Council. 

Any building where animals are sold as pets is termed a 'pet shop', including your own home. 

You can't sell animals as pets in public places, for example, from a market stall.  


Council officers may carry out an inspection to check that:

  • the accommodation will be suitable for the animals
  • you will provide enough food and drink and visit the animals regularly
  • you will take reasonable precautions to prevent the spread of infectious diseases
  • mammals will not be sold if they are too young
  • you have plans in case of fire and other emergencies

The council may add other specific conditions to your licence.

The licence will be valid for one year and a fee is payable.

View the current animal health licence fees.

Please contact us before applying for a licence so that we can talk about requirements and send you all the conditions you would need to meet so that you can apply and pay for the licence online.

Apply for a pet shop licence

Fines and penalties

If you run a pet shop without a licence, or break the terms of your licence, you could be fined up to £500 and imprisoned for up to three months.