The council is responsible for the licensing of a wide range of activities and premises.

The Licensing Team grant licences to ensure public confidence and safety and to minimise crime and disorder, nuisance and other disturbance to residents, visitors and businesses from licensable activities.

If you need to contact the Licensing Team, please email

Online applications

Many of our licences are available through the EU Services Directive.

This has been brought in to make it easier for service providers to offer their services to customers in all EU countries.

However some licences, including taxi and gambling licences, are not covered by this initiative.

A full list of licensing applications is available on our website.

Tacit consent

Tacit consent applies to every type of application.

Where tacit consent applies, this means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from us by the end of the target completion period.

Tacit consent applies to all applications, whether they are received by post, online, or via e-mail.

Important information

Tax conditionality check

From 4 April 2022 the renewal of a taxi driver licence, private hire driver licence, private hire operator licence, scrap metal site licence and a scrap metal collector licence will only be given if the person, company or any type of partnership applying for the licence can show they have completed a tax check with the HMRC.

If a tax check has not been completed, the Licensing Authority will be unable to consider your application to renew your licence and your current licence will expire. Further guidance can be found on the GOV.UK website.