Acquiring a Certificate of Animal Welfare Assurance Conditions for operating a pet shop where animals are kept
Any physical person or legal entity operating a pet shop where animals are kept must obtain a certificate from the Veterinary Services of the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment.
Who is Eligible
Any physical person or legal entity may obtain a certificate if:
- A planning permit and a building permit have been issued for the premises (a planning permit for the premises includes a planning permit that has been issued for their use as a shop, without requiring the submission of an application for a change of use, provided that the planning permit does not include a condition prohibiting the use of the premises for this purpose);
- The construction and operational requirements for the welfare of animals are met.
Where to Apply
The application (form ΕΖΚΠΖ01), can be submitted directly to the District Veterinary Offices and Rural Veterinary Stations.
Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment
Tel: +357 22805249
Fax: +357 22805176
NICOSIA DISTRICT VETERINARY OFFICE
LIMASSOL DISTRICT VETERINARY OFFICE
LARNAKA DISTRICT VETERINARY OFFICE
AMMOCHOSTOS DISTRICT VETERINARY OFFICE
PAFOS DISTRICT VETERINARY OFFICE
Which Certificates must be Submitted
The application form must be accompanied by the following documents:
- A list of the staff members who will care for the animals, including their identity card or passport number and their professional animal carer license number which was granted under the provisions of the Professional Animal Carers or Trainers Ordinance;.
- Copy of the planning license of the premises.
- Copy of the building permit for the premises.
- Copy of the Certificate of Incorporation of the Company from the Department of Registrar of Companies and Official Receiver (in case that the applicant is a legal entity).
- Copy of authorization of the legal representative (in case that the applicant is a legal entity).
Fees Applicable & How to Pay
The application examination fee for a pet shop is €50,00.
The issuance of the Certificate of Animal Welfare Assurance Conditions for a pet shop costs €200,00.
The District Veterinary Office / Rural Veterinary Station collects the fee for the examination of the application, examines the application and conducts an in situ inspection in order to verify the information provided in the application as well as the compliance of the premises.
The applicant is informed regarding the registration decision within three months from the date that the application form and supporting documents were duly submitted.
Licence Validity Period
The registration is valid indefinitely and does not need to be renewed.
Dispute with the Competent Authority's Decision
How to File an Administrative Action
Administrative Action Against a Competent Authority’s Decision
Any person may file an Administrative Action at the Administrative court against a decision, act or omission of any competent authority or body.
Pursuant to Article 146 of the Constitution, an Administrative Action may be lodged within 75 days from the date of the decision or act or omission or from the day when such decision or act or omission was notified to the applicant.
The Administrative Court acts as a cassation Court and not as a substantive Court. In other words, the Administrative Court may:
I. Dismiss the Administrative Action
II. Annul wholly or partially the contested decision or act
III. Compel the relevant authority or body to take a certain action
After a decision is annulled, the authority and/or public body must reverse things back to the state prior to when the concerned decision and/or act was executed and reexamine.
How to Appeal
An Appeal may be filed against the Administrative Court’s first-instance decision within a period of 42 days from the date such decision was given.
At the Supreme Court (Court of Appeal Section) hearing, the contested issue of the appeal remains the legality of the decision or act already adjudicated for. However, such revision of the legality of the decision or act is solely examined on the matters and the extent that the two parties have limited the reasons in the relevant notice of appeal.
The decision adopted by the Supreme Court is considered final in relation to the matter that has been judged.
Legislation & Obligations
Which Laws and Regulations Apply
- The Protection and Welfare of Animals Law of 1994 (46 (I) / 1994)
- The Protection and Welfare of Animals (Keeping and Selling of Animals) Regulations of 2021 (Κ.Δ.Π. 95/2021) (in the “Applications & Documents”)
What are my Obligations
The holder of the certificate must comply with the provisions of “The Protection and Welfare of Animals (Keeping and Selling of Animals) Regulations of 2021 (Κ.Δ.Π. 95/2021)” as well as the provisions of the Protection and Welfare of Animals Law, as periodically amended.