Pet shop / Animal Activities licences

If you are running a business which sells animals as pets you are required to have an Animal Activities Licence and you must comply with certain Conditions while undertaking these activities.

The following types of activities that fulfil one or more of the following criteria are now subject to licensing:

  • the import, distribution and sale of animals by a business.
  • businesses registered with Companies House.
  • businesses or individuals operating from domestic premises for commercial purposes (you may still be classified as business for the purpose of these requirements even though you may not be listed on Companies House).
  • premises open to members of the public, or to other businesses where animals are available for purchase. 

How do I apply for this licence?

For a copy of the application form, guidance documents and Conditions please contact us at

You will be subject to an inspection to assess your compliant with Conditions which forms part of our deciding whether or not to approve a new licence.  

How much does it cost?

A pet shop licence costs £380. It also costs £380 to renew your licence each year.

When you apply for your licence online you will pay the fee online, by debit or credit card.

Current licensed pet shops in Denbighshire

Pets at Home

Unit 2 Clwyd retail Park
Rhyl road

Website: (external website)

Rhyl Aquaria

4/8 Abbey Street 
LL18 1NY

Website: (external website)

Seaworld Aquatics

9 Kinmel Street
LL18 1AE

Website: (external website)

Tropical Exotics

Unit 15
HTM Business Park
Abergele Rd
LL18 5UZ

Website: (external website)