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Selling animals

Apply for a licence

Use this service to apply for a licence to sell animals.

Before you get started

You can apply for a licence to sell animals online. You’ll need:

  • a description of the accommodation provided for the horses
  • the name of your emergency key holder, if you have one
  • your public liability insurance reference number, or the steps you’re taking to get it

Once you've completed you application, you'll need to email it to the animal licensing team at

Alternatively, you can download the complete the application form (PDF 169kb) or visit our contact us page.

What happens next

Once you've sent us your application, you'll need to pay an administration fee of £263.50.

To pay your administration fee, you'll need to call our customer service team on 01795 417850.

Once you've paid

If your application is successful, you'll receive:

  • an inspection from our licensing officer and an independent vet
  • a risk rating score, following your inspection
  • an invoice for your licence, based on your risk rating

For more information about the premises inspection, including what to expect, you can download and complete the premises inspection form for selling animals (Word 490kb).

When you receive your invoice, you can pay it online.

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