Licences and permits

Find out who to contact about a range of different licences.

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As a county council, we are only responsible for a few types of licences. The rest are issued by the district and city councils, and other organisations. See below to find out who you need to contact.

For more information about government legislation, take a look at our Trading Standards webpages.

What to contact us about

We consider applications for the following types of licences (the  symbol indicates that you have the option of applying online):

What to contact your local district or city council about


Your local district or city council (follow the links above for contact details) considers applications for the following types of licences:

  • Acupuncturist 
  • Amusement - with prizes 
  • Boarding animals 
  • Butchers 
  • Car boot sales 
  • Cinemas 
  • Collecting for charity - door to door collections 
  • Collecting for charity - street collections 
  • Dog breeding 
  • Door supervisors (bouncers) 
  • Exotic, dangerous or wild animals 
  • Food business 
  • Game dealers 
  • Gaming machines 
  • Hairdressers 
  • Horse riding establishments 
  • Late hours catering 
  • Lottery 
  • Massage and Special Treatment (MST) - includes sauna and sunbeds
  • Pet shop 
  • Private hire operator's licence
  • Private hire vehicle (minicab) - see 'other' below for voluntary organisations
  • Public entertainment 
  • Theatrical performances 
  • Sale of alcohol 
  • Scrap metal dealing 
  • Second hand goods
  • Street parties
  • Street trading 
  • Tattooists, ear piercing and electrolysis 
  • Selling animals 
  • Street parties 
  • Sunday trading (restrictions apply to large businesses only) 
  • Taxis (Hackney Carriages) 
  • Taxi/private hire vehicle - driving 
  • Sex establishments 
  • Zoos 

Other licences

The following licences are handled by other organisations:

Last reviewed
09 April 2013
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