Getting your business license
You will learn
- Whether your business activity requires a license or not
- Who to contact for support with licensing
- What to do if your license is refused
Councils are responsible for dealing with the licensing, registration and regulation of a wide range of activities, premises and vehicles. Some of these are required by law nationally, but there are sometimes also local requirements which may also affect your business. It is important to know whether your business activity requires a licence or registration so that you can stay legal.
What can licensors do for you?
If you are unsure whether your activity requires a business licence or registration, you should contact the council in which your business is located (the people you pay your business rates or council tax to).
Local Authorities can help you identify what might be relevant to your business and where to get appropriate information. They can also offer you guidance on completing and submitting your licence/registration application and complying with relevant legal requirements.
What do they offer?
- Guidance when completing and submitting applications.
- Help with identifying which forms you might need and advice on how to complete them.
- Advice on which other agencies you may need to consult to get a license.
- Checks on safety issues and potential public nuisance issues.
- Help with identifying the relevant legal requirements.
If your business involves any of the following activities it is likely you will need to register or obtain a licence, please contact the local authority where your business is located:
- Alcohol and entertainment
- Animal welfare (pet shops, kennels/ catteries, zoos, horse riding, dog breeding, dangerous wild animals)
- Street trading and markets
- Charitable collections
- Scrap metal or motor salvage operators
- Caravan sites
- Pleasure boats
- Sex shops and sexual entertainment venues
- Cosmetic piercing (registrations for tattooing, ear piercing, acupuncture)
- Houses of multiple occupation
- Pavement cafes
Council contact information:
City of York Council
Licensing services, Eco Dept, Hazel Court, York, YO10 3DS
phone: (01904) 552512
Hambleton District Council
Hambleton District Council, Civic Centre, Stone Cross, Northallerton, North Yorkshire DL6 2UU
phone: (0845) 1211 555 or 01609 779977
Harrogate Borough Council
Springfield House, Kings Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 5NX
phone: (01423) 500600 ext. 56843
Richmondshire District Council
Mercury House, Station Road, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 4JX
phone: (01748) 829100
Ryedale District Council
Ryedale House, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 7HH
phone: Health and Environment (01653) 600666
Selby District Council
Access Selby, Market Cross Shopping Centre, Selby, YO8 4JS
phone: (01757) 705101
Scarborough Borough Council
The Licensing Authority, Town Hall, St Nicholas Street, Scarborough, North Yorkshire
phone: (01723) 232323
Craven District Council
Licensing, 1 Belle Vue Square, Broughton Road, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 1FJ
phone: (01756) 706251
East Riding of Yorkshire Council
County Hall, Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire, HU17 9BA
phone: (01482) 396029
A license may be refused for various reasons. Where a licence has a consultation period and an objection is received then the applicant will be informed of this in writing and in the case of alcohol and entertainment licences will be given the opportunity to respond to it at a hearing. The applicant may have the right to appeal a refused application to either the Magistrates Court or the Crown Court depending on the legislation that governs that particular licence.