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Starting a pet shop

You will need a licence from us before your pet shop is allowed to display, sell, distribute, or export pets. The types of animals you are allowed to sell will be printed on your pet shop licence.

Animals allowed for sale:

  • Dogs
  • Cats
  • Rabbits
  • Guinea pigs
  • Hamsters
  • Gerbils
  • Mice
  • Chinchillas
  • Red-eared slides (red-eared terrapins)
  • Birds (birds listed in the CITES Appendices must be imported with CITES permits or Certificates of Origin)
  • Fish (fish listed in the CITES Appendices must be imported with CITES permits or Certificates of Origin)
  • Land hermit crabs (Coenobita rugosus)
  • Green tree frogs (Litoria caerulea)
  • Malayan box turtles (Cuora amboinensis) listed in CITES Appendix II

Selling and displaying Dragon Fish (Asian arowana or Scleropages formosus)

Aquarium shops and fish farms in Singapore must have a pet shop licence or fish farm licence from us in order to sell Dragon Fish. To display and sell Dragon Fish, you must fulfil Condition 10 of the Pet Shop Licensing Conditions (5) for Display and Sale of Fancy Fish.You are only allowed to sell Dragon Fish that are:

  • Bred in captivity
  • Second generation and beyond