Major IT issue

We are working to resolve IT problems that mean people completing benefit online forms may not be able to complete or submit them.

The problems also mean that our staff and contact service are not able to access all their computer systems.

You can still carry out most transactions on our website. If you need to contact us by phone and your call is urgent we will try to help you. If your call is not urgent please contact us next week.

Apologies for the inconvenience while we resolve this problem.

Do I need a licence?

Find out if your business needs a licence and how you can apply for one.

You can also check the Public Licences Register to find out if a business or individual already has a licence.


Licence Types

Alcohol, late night or entertainments

Yes - see our page on alcohol and entertainment licences


Taxi or private hire

Yes - see our page on taxi licences


Boarding establishment for dogs or cats, breeding of dogs, pet shops, horse riding establishment, dangerous animals or a zoo

Yes - see our page on animal licences


Street Trading

Yes - see our page on street trading licenses.


Gambling or lotteries

Yes - see our page on gambling licences


Caravan site

Yes - see our page on other licences


Hairdresser

No - The Deregulation and Contracting Out Act 1994 has eliminated the need for hairdressers to be registered.


Acupuncture, ear piercing, body piecing, Electrolysis and tattooing

Yes - See our page on other licences


House to house collections

Yes - See our page on street and house collections


Markets and Market stalls

No - We do not currently manage any markets within its district.


Massage and special treatments

No - In some areas, a licence is required for any premises in which the following treatments are carried out:

  • aromatherapy
  • EVR (sunbed)
  • steam
  • sauna
  • manicure
  • pedicure
  • shiatsu
  • reflexology
  • colour therapy
  • GS, and
  • hydrotherapy (except where the premises is under the control of a medical practitioner).

However, we do not currently licence this activity.


Public Auctions

No - We do not licence premises for public auctions.


Scrap metal and motor salvage

Yes - See our page on scrap metal and motor salvage


Second-hand goods

No - We do not licence premises for public auctions.


Street Cafes

No - Under the Highways Act 1980 permission is required from the local authority to place furniture on pavements - other legislation may apply depending on the premises.

We do not currently licence premises that place seats or tables on the public highway, however persons wishing to sell food or drink from a public highway may require a street trader consent licence.


Street Collections

Yes - See our page on street and house collections


Sex Establishment

Yes - See our page on other licences

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