You may be required to obtain a licence
before you can start trading.
Business activities which may require a licence:
Cinemas, Theatres, Child
and Private Hire Vehicles, Indoor
Sports Venues, Public
Entertainment (in any Venue), Nightclubs, Pet
Boarding Kennels, Scrap Metal Dealing, Sex Shops, Nurses
Agencies and Street Trading.
Local Authority Licensing Department.
Local Authority Registration and Inspection Unit.
Local Health Authority.
Waste Management, Abstraction of Water or Discharge of Effluent,
Scrap Metal Processing.
Environment Agency for England (0845 9333111) and Wales (0292
0770088). Scottish Environment Protection Agency (01786 4586
Shops (food sales) and other premises selling food, Massage,
Skin Piercing (including Tattooing, Acupuncture and Cosmetic
Piercing), Work with Asbestos.
Local Authority Environmental Health Department.
Goods or Public Service Vehicle Operators.
The local DETR Traffic Area Office: Tel: Scotland 0131 529
8500; North England 0113 283 3533; West Midlands 0121 608 1000;
West Country 0117 975 5000; South East and London 01323 451400
Possesion or Sale of Weapons
of Alcohol in Shops, Public
(Betting Shops, and other Gaming Establishments).
Magistrate; In Scotland apply to Local Authority Licensing
If your business involves:
Lending money, Offering or Arranging Credit, Debt Collecting,
Issuing Credit Cards, Offering Debt Adjusting or Debt Counselling
Services, Operating a Credit Reference Agency, Hiring, Leasing
or Renting Out Goods you may need a credit license.
Office of Fair Trading, Consumer Credit Licensing Bureau,
Craven House, 40 Uxbridge Road, Ealing, London W5 2BS. Tel:
For more information on the regulatory requirements relating
to business start-ups read: Setting up in Business, A Guide
to Regulatory Requirements (URN 99/833), this can be ordered
from the DTI Website: http://www.dti.gov.uk