Get a licence for your business

Last updated: 16 June 2017

You can search for business licences on GOV.UK or your local council website.

Licence finder on GOV.UK

Find out what type of licence you need for your business using the GOV.UK licence finder tool.

You may be able to apply online, or you'll be directed to your local council.

Licences from your local council

Local councils are responsible for licensing and registering certain types of business activities. They can tell you whether you need a licence, help you apply for one and tell you how long the process will take.

Check with your local council about licenses for business and events such as:

  • alcohol – for premises and individuals selling or authorising the sale of alcohol
  • public entertainment
  • food safety licences
  • taxis and private hire cars
  • gambling
  • private markets where more than one seller is selling goods to the public
  • boarding animals
  • riding establishments
  • dangerous goods
  • marches and parades
  • public charitable collections