You will need a licence in order to run a variety of businesses or organise some fund raising events. It is always best to check if you need a licence. Failure to hold a proper licence for activities that require one is a criminal offence. Find out what licence you need by visiting, GOV.UK – Find a licence

You can get licences from the local licensing authority, this is usually the local council. 

You can access information about the majority of licensed businesses in the area by using our online public licensing registers. These have details of licensed premises, pavement licences and taxi licences (which includes details of wheelchair accessible vehicles):

If you would like to report a concern or issue with a licensed business such as a taxi firm, contact our licensing team at

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