Licensing

You may need a licence, certificate or permit for some business activities, as well as other things, such as street parties.

If you are not sure what license you need, you can check on the gov.uk licence finder.

Animal boarding licence (kennels, catteries and home-based services)

You need a licence to set up a kennel or cattery, or just to look after a few animals in your own home. You must wait until you receive your licence before you set up your boarding service.

Caravan and camping site licence

If you allow your land to be used as a caravan or camping site by the public for more than 42 consecutive days, or 60 days in a year, you will need a licence.

Charitable collections licence

If you want to collect money or sell items on the street for charity, you might need a street collection licence.

Club premises certificate

Full details of how to apply for a club premises certificate can be found on the alcohol and entertainment licences page.

Cooling tower

You must tell us if your commercial site uses a cooling tower or evaporative condenser. Cooling towers and evaporative condensers help to remove excess heat from sites like power stations or chemical plants.

Environmental permit

You may need an environmental permit if your business manages or produces waste or emissions that pollute the air, water or land.

Food premises registration

When you start a new food business or take over an existing business, you must register with us.

Gambling and lotteries

Full details of how to apply for gambling and lottery permits can be found on the gambling, betting and lottery licences page.

Houses in multiple occupation (HMO) licence

Full details of how to apply for a premises licence can be found on the house in multiple occupation page.

Hypnotism permit

You must have authorisation to demonstrate or perform a hypnotism act in public.

Pet shop licence

A pet shop is any building where animals are sold as pets, including your own home.

Premises licence (alcohol and entertainment)

Full details of how to apply for a premises licence can be found on the alcohol and entertainment licences page.

Riding establishment licence

You’ll need a riding establishment licence to hire out horses or ponies for riding, or run a riding school. You will need to renew your licence every year.

Road closure for an event

Full details of how to apply for a premises licence can be found on the road closures for public celebrations and events page.

Scrap metal dealer licence

A scrap metal dealer must hold either a site licence or a mobile collector’s licence.

Sex shop and cinema licence

You need a licence to run a sex shop (selling sex toys, books and videos) or run a cinema showing sexually explicit films.

Skin piercing/tattooing licence

Skin piercing includes, tattooing, acupuncture, body piercing, electrolysis, semi-permanent and permanent make up.

You must also comply with bye-laws which cover things such as cleanliness of premises and sterilisation of instruments.

The Environmental Health team will visit to your premises to check you are complying with the relevant bye-laws.

Street trading licence

You will need to aged 17 or over and tell us the street you want to trade on, and the days and times you want to trade.

You must wait until you receive your licence before you start trading.

Taxi and private hire licences

Full details of how to apply for a taxi license can be found on the taxi and private hire licences page.

Temporary Event Notice

Full details of how to apply for a Temporary Event Notice can be found on the alcohol and entertainment licences page.

Zoo licence

You will need a zoo licence if you are displaying wild animals to the public for at least 7 days a year, in any place that’s not a circus or pet shop.