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The sale of animals as pets needs to be licensed under the Pet Animals Act 1951. Invertebrates are not included.

Conditions attached to licences, control the accommodation in which animals are kept, the adequacy of food and drink, prevention of disease spread, fire precautions and the age at which animals can be sold.

Pets must not be sold in streets or to children under the age of 16. Sale of animals at bird or reptile fairs or similar is normally illegal.

Ipswich Borough Council has adopted standard conditions for Pet Shops. Licences normally run for one year, but always expire on 31 December.

Officers inspect pet shops, if necessary with a vet, to ensure compliance with conditions.

You will need to apply online and pay the appropriate fee. 

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Once granted, a licence is valid for one year and is renewable annually.

Contact Details

Licensing and Enforcement,
Ipswich Borough Council,
3W Grafton House,
15-17 Russell Road,
Ipswich,
IP1 2DE

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