A new licensing regime for businesses which sell animals as pets has now launched in Scotland. This replaces the old system of pet shop licensing. It mirrors what has happened in England and Wales.

Read the new guidance for businesses selling animals as pets to help you understand what to expect.

This does mean that anyone who sells pet animals commercially (ie for profit) will need to be licensed by their local authority using the new guidance which has recently been published online.

To help our members get ready for the new system we have pulled together advice and a number of useful documents to help you ensure you have all the right paperwork and procedures in the place. OATA members can log into our Members’ Area here and find them.

This is a new system and, unlike in England and Wales, there is no Primary Authority system that we can join to help give regulatory assistance. Nevertheless, if you are having issues please get in touch with us and we will endeavour to help.