Animal dealer's licence

If you are acquiring and keeping young cats and young dogs with a view to sale in Fife, or are thinking about doing so you will need a licence from Fife Council.

How to Apply

You can apply for an animal dealers licence online using the form to the right of this page or by downloading and completing an application form which is available within the publications section at the bottom of this page.

We will grant a licence subject to the following:

  • receipt of a completed application form
  • receipt of the appropriate fee (see attached publication for details of current fees)
  • completion of a satisfactory inspection of the premises by ourselves

There is a fee for the licence - information on our Licence charges can be found in the publication section on this page.

The licence will last for 12 months and is renewed every January.

A summary of the regulation relating to this licence

Our standard licence conditions can also be viewed within the publications section.

Tacit consent will not apply as it is in the public interest that we must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period then please contact us using the contact details provided.

Failed Application

If your licence is not approved please contact us in the first instance within 21 days of the date of the decision to refuse the application, you may require the Council to give written reasons for its decision.

You may appeal to the Sheriff against the decision within 28 days of the decision, provided you have already followed all available procedures in stating your case to the Council.  Any appeal will only be successful if the Sheriff considers that the Council, in making its decision:

  • erred in law
  • based its decision on an incorrect material fact
  • acted contrary to natural justice
  • exercised its discretion in an unreasonable manner

You may appeal again on a point of law from the Sheriff's decision to the Court of Session within 28 days from the date of the Sheriff's decision.

Public Protection Team (lines open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
Tel: 03451 55 55 50
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