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

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.

https://www.local.gov.uk/topics/licences-regulations-and-trading-standards

For:

Residential Care Homes

Apply to:

Local Authority Registration and Inspection Unit.

https://www.gov.uk/registration-of-residential-care-homes-england

For:

Nursing Homes

Apply to:

https://www.gov.uk/nursing-homes-registration-england

For:

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

Apply to:

Environment Agency for England Telephone: 03708 506 506

Telephone from outside the UK: +44 (0) 114 282 5312.
http://apps.environment-agency.gov.uk/contact/

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.

and here for more information https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/topics/professional-medical-and-environmental-health-advice/environmental-health

For:

Goods or Public Service Vehicle Operators.

Apply to:

The Central licensing office: heavy goods vehicle (HGV) and public service vehicle (PSV) operator licences Tel: Leeds 0300 123 9000; North East England 0300 123 9000; West Midlands 0300 123 9000; North West England 0300 123 9000; London and the south east of England 01323 451400 For full details https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/traffic-commissioners/about/access-and-opening#north-west-of-england

For:

Possesion or Sale of Weapons

Apply to:

For firearm licensing https://www.gov.uk/guidance/firearms-licensing-police-guidance

For:

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

Apply to:

Apply to Local Authority Licensing Board. To find out the licensing board in your area visit the government’s website page https://www.gov.uk/alcohol-licence-your-area

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 Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), FCA Head Office

12 Endeavour Square, London E20 1JN Tel: Switchboard: +44 (0)20 7066 1000 https://www.fca.org.uk/firms/interim-permission-consumer-credit/oft-licensed-firms

Further information.

For further information on the regulatory requirements relating to business, start-ups read: A Guide to Regulatory Requirements https://www.gov.uk/guidance/regulatory-standards-procedures-and-guidance

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