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Licences - pet shops

The Pet Animals Act 1951 regulates the sale of pet animals from licensed pet shops. One of the legislative provisions is that a pet animal, as defined, cannot be sold to a person under the age of twelve. Officers inspect the premises to check compliance with general health and safety requirements and also the welfare of the animals prior to issuing of the licence.


Frequently Asked Questions

(CnES is in the process of updating its telephone network. During the transition, some of the numbers listed in these FAQs may no longer be available. Please contact 01851 600 501 in the event of any consequent problems. )

Q: Are people legally allowed to sell pets from a market stall?
No. The law prevents any animal being sold from any place other than licensed premises.

Q: How much does it cost to get a Licence?
For more information, please contact us on 01851 600 501 or by e-mail at enquiries@cne-siar.gov.uk

Q: I have just bought a previously licensed vehicle/premises, can I transfer the licence?
Licences are not transferable. You will need to re-apply in your own/your company name.

Q: How can I apply for a licence?
For more information, please contact us on 01851 600 501 or by e-mail at enquiries@cne-siar.gov.uk

Q: Who sets the fees for my licensing application?
Fees are set by the Council and reviewed annually. They are set to meet the costs of administering the Service.

For further information about any of the services provided by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, please contact us on 01851 600 501 or by e-mail at