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You may be required to obtain a licence
before you can start trading.

Business activities which may require a licence:

For:

Cinemas, Theatres, Child Minding, Taxi and Private Hire Vehicles, Indoor Sports Venues, Public Entertainment (in any Venue), Nightclubs, Pet Shops, Pet Boarding Kennels, Scrap Metal Dealing, Sex Shops, Nurses Agencies and Street Trading.

Apply to:

Local Authority Licensing Department.


For:

Residential Care Homes

Apply to:

Local Authority Registration and Inspection Unit.


For:

Nursing Homes

Apply to:

Local Health Authority.


For:

Waste Management, Abstraction of Water or Discharge of Effluent, Scrap Metal Processing.

Apply to:

Environment Agency for England (0845 9333111) and Wales (0292 0770088). Scottish Environment Protection Agency (01786 4586 457700).


For:

Hotels (including Guesthouses), Restaurants, Abattoirs, Hairdressers, Mobile Shops (food sales) and other premises selling food, Massage, Skin Piercing (including Tattooing, Acupuncture and Cosmetic Piercing), Work with Asbestos.

Apply to:

Local Authority Environmental Health Department.


For:

Goods or Public Service Vehicle Operators.

Apply to:

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


For:

Possesion or Sale of Weapons

Apply to:

Police


For:

Sale of Alcohol in Shops, Public Houses, Clubs, Nightclubs, Restaurants, Hotels, (Betting Shops, and other Gaming Establishments).

Apply to:

Magistrate; In Scotland apply to Local Authority Licensing Board.


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.

Apply to:

Office of Fair Trading, Consumer Credit Licensing Bureau, Craven House, 40 Uxbridge Road, Ealing, London W5 2BS. Tel: 020 72118608


Further information.

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



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