You need a pet shop licence in order to open a pet shop in the Town of Orangeville. This includes any establishment where more than three animals are sold as pets at any point during the year.

Apply for a pet shop licence

Complete the Application for a Pet Shop Licence and submit with the fee to Town Hall at:

87 Broadway
Orangeville, ON
L9W 1K1

You need to renew your pet shop licence each year.

Application details

Please include the following information with your application:

  • application type (new, renewal or change of ownership)
  • company name, location and contact information
  • owner of the building where the business is located
  • partnership details, if necessary
  • date and signature


The following application fees will apply depending on the type of application:

  • $50 for a pet shop licence renewal
  • $100 for a new pet shop licence
  • $100 to change the ownership on the pet shop licence

Rules and regulations

You must follow all the rules and regulations set out in the Pet Shop By-law. Here are a few of the rules and regulations:

  • you cannot keep prohibited animals in a pet shop
  • the pet shop must be kept in a clean and sanitary manner
  • animals must be kept in a sanitary environment with appropriate bedding, lighting and temperatures
  • all tanks, cages and containers must provide maximum comfort for the specific animal species including appropriate size and height
  • ensure there are safeguards to prevent undue direct physical contact with animals and the general public
  • all staff handling animals must receive adequate instruction and be supervised in the handling and care of animals
  • cages, tanks and containers cannot be overcrowded

Prohibited animals

Please view the Pet Shop By-law for a complete listing of prohibited animals that cannot be sold in a pet shop in the Town of Orangeville. Prohibited animals include but are not limited to the following list of animals.


These mammals are prohibited as pets:

  • cattle, goats, sheep and pigs
  • non-human primates such as gorillas and chimpanzees
  • marsupials such as kangaroos, opossums, koalas and wallabies
  • elephants
  • horses and donkeys
  • seals and walruses
  • flying lemurs
  • anteaters, sloths and armadillos
  • platypus
  • pangolins and scaly anteaters
  • whales
  • aardvarks
  • hyrax
  • manatees
  • camels
  • foxes, bears, mongooses, hyenas, seals and walruses


The following reptiles are prohibited as pets:

  • tuatara
  • alligators, crocodile and gavials
  • helodermatidae

The following snakes are also prohibited:

  • cobra, mamba and krait
  • sea snakes
  • old world vipers
  • pit vipers
  • boas and pythons


The following arachnids are prohibited:

  • scorpions
  • spiders
  • solifugae
  • pseudoscorpiones


The following birds are prohibited as pets:

  • ducks, geese, swans and screamers
  • pheasants, grouse, Guinea fowls and turkeys
  • ostriches, rheas, cassowaries, emus and kiwis
  • owls
  • osprey, vultures, falcons, hawks and eagles