The London Borough of Bexley deals with a wide range of licences, registrations, permits and certificates.

Before businesses can carry out a number of activities they are required to apply for a licence or to register with or notify the Council of those activities.

The purpose is to ensure that these activities will be carried out safely and in compliance with minimum legal standards. Generally, it is an offence to carry out these businesses or activities without first obtaining the necessary licence, etc.

The term 'licence' as used on these pages includes a variety of different forms of approval, registration, notification, or permit.

These pages provide information for those businesses seeking a licence, and those consumers who are likely to use a licensed premises/activity.

More detailed information about the licences administered by the Council can be found below.

Getting an Advertising Board licence

Eligibility criteria to get an Advertising Board licence

  • you must be over 17 years of age to hold a licence
  • applicants need to have:
    • third-party insurance of minimum £5,000,000
    • the area of the public highway where the Advertising Board/s are to be placed must be sufficient to allow at least 1.3m of unobstructed footway
  • normally applicants will be restricted to one Advertising Board, however, permission may be granted for up to three Advertising Boards, subject to certain criteria

The regulations

Find out more information about the regulations relating to this licence.

What the application evaluation process is

  • applications should be submitted with the appropriate fee
  • fees are charged for each Advertising Board
  • applications will be assessed for eligibility upon receipt and an Officer will contact the applicant within five working days to arrange to meet on site where necessary
  • once granted, the licence will be sent by post to the applicant
  • processing of a licence will usually take up to five working days
  • licenses can be valid for any period between one day and three months. For longer periods, or to extend your license, an additional payment of £104 is required, this will extend the license up to another three months.

Cost of a licence

Advertising Boards are charged at 61.00 for a year.

On 31 October 2016, the London Borough of Bexley joined the Licensing Partnership to process and issue licensing applications for Bexley Council. 

The Licensing Partnership is a partnership of local authorities comprising Maidstone Borough Council, Sevenoaks District Council and Tunbridge Wells Borough Council. 

Central administration for the Licensing Partnership is based at Sevenoaks, with Licensing Officers located at each local authority. The team at Sevenoaks will input applications, process payments (except continuation fees), deal with administrative queries and issue licences.

The Licensing Act 2003 is about regulating 'licensable activities', which are the sale and supply of alcohol, the provision of regulated entertainment and provision of late night refreshment.

You need a premises licence if you want to routinely provide licensable activities at any premises (which include parks and open spaces).

If you want to provide licensable activities on a temporary basis or already have a licence and want a one-off extension of hours or provide a licensable activity not allowed by your licence then you need to serve a Temporary Event Notice (TEN) – see section relating to TEN’s.

Underpinning the regulation of 'licensable activities' is the promotion of four 'licensing objectives':

  • the prevention of crime and disorder
  • public safety
  • the prevention of public nuisance
  • the protection of children from harm

The Act makes Local Authorities responsible for licensing premises, which includes parks and open spaces, where licensable activities are provided. It also requires each Local Authority to adopt and publish a 'Statement of Licensing Policy' every five years.

Apply online

or contact:

Licensing Partnership
PO Box 182
Sevenoaks
Kent
TN13 1GP

Or email: licensing@sevenoaks.gov.uk

Application evaluation process

Applications for the London Borough of Bexley must be submitted online or sent to the Licensing Partnership (details above).

Applications must be in a specific format and be accompanied by a required fee. An operating schedule, a plan of the premises and a form of consent from the premises supervisor (for applications where the sale of alcohol will be a licensable activity).

An operating schedule will include details of:

  • the licensable activities
  • the times when the activities will take place
  • any other times when the premises will be open to the public
  • in the case of applicants who wish to have a limited licence, the period the licence is required for
  • information in respect of the premises supervisor
  • whether any alcohol that is to be sold is for consumption on or off the premises or both
  • the steps proposed to be taken to promote the licensing objectives
  • any other required information (see pool of model conditions)

Applicants may be required to advertise their application and to give notice of the application to any other person or responsible body, example the local authority, chief police officer or London fire brigade.

The licensing authority must grant the application, which can be subject to conditions if no valid representations are made. 

A hearing must be held if any valid representations are made in respect of the application. If a hearing is held the licence can be granted or granted subject to additional conditions, licensable activities listed in the application can be excluded or the application can be rejected.

The licensing authority will serve a notice of its decision on the applicant, any person who has made relevant representations and the Responsible Authorities.

Other applications that can be made are applications for an interim authority notice following the death, incapacity or insolvency of a licence holder or review applications.

Will tacit consent apply?

Yes, except for minor variations. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the local authority by the end of the target completion period.

Failed application redress

If an application for a licence is refused the applicant can appeal to the Magistrates' court within 21 days of notice of the decision.

Licence holder redress

If an application is made by the chief police officer, as detailed below, and interim steps are taken by the licensing authority you may make representations. A hearing must be held within 48 hours of your representations.

A licence holder may appeal against any conditions attached to a licence, a decision to reject a variation application, a decision to reject a transfer application or a decision to exclude an activity or person as premises supervisor.

Appeals are made to a Magistrates' court within 21 days of notice of the decision.

Consumer complaint

An interested party or responsible authority may apply to the licensing authority to review the premises licence. A hearing will be held by the licensing authority.

Appeals are made to a Magistrates' court within 21 days of notice of the decision.

Other redress

The chief police officer for the police area where the premises are located can apply to the licensing authority for a review of the licence if the premises are licensed to sell alcohol by retail and a senior officer has given a certificate that they are of the opinion that the premises are associated with either serious crime or disorder or both. A hearing will be held and the licence holder and other persons may make representations.

A chief police officer can give a notice to the licensing authority if they believe that the transfer of a licence to another, under a variation application could undermine crime prevention objectives. Such a notice must be given within 14 days of receiving notification of the application.

An other person or responsible body may make representations in relation to a licence application or request the licensing body to review a licence.

An other person or responsible authority may apply to the licensing authority to review the premises licence. A hearing will be held by the licensing authority.

A chief police officer may make representations to the licensing authority for a review of the licence if the premises are licensed to sell alcohol by retail and a senior member of the force has given a certificate to state that in their opinion the premises are associated with serious crime, disorder or both.

An other person or relevant authority who made relevant representations may appeal against the granting of a licence or against any condition, variation, licensable activity or premises supervisor decisions.

Appeals are made to a Magistrates' court within 21 days of notice of the decision.

Regulation summary

A summary of the regulation relating to this licence.
 

Licensing policy

Under the Act, the Council is required to publish a Statement of Licensing Policy (PDF, 779KB), which must set out the general approach it will take when making licensing decisions.

The latest and current version of the Council's Licensing Policy was approved on 4 November 2015, and can also be viewed in the reception areas of the main Council offices and in public libraries. Printed copies of the policy are also available from the Licensing Officers based at Bexley.

Licensing portal

The Licensing Application Information Online system contains new features which will improve your access to licensing applications/licences, including better search options.

You can monitor the progress of an application and make comments while it is being considered and have the ability to receive email notifications relating to the applications/licences you are interested in.

Anyone may make a representation, or a comment, concerning a licensing application that is open to the public for consultation. Your representation must be made in writing and received by the closing date shown.

To identify the application/licence you can search using:

  • keywords
  • reference number (eg 19/00001)
  • postcode
  • single line of an address
  • ward

View licensing applications/licences and comment online.

The Licensing Application Information Online service is normally available for 24 hours, seven days a week, except for periods set aside for system maintenance which will usually take place between 3am and 5am.

How to object to applications (Licensing Act 2003)

In many instances, the application process allows for local residents and businesses to lodge objections (representations). If you would like to make representations on any current licensing application you can do this several ways:

Before doing so you should read the guidelines on eligibility to make representations (PDF, 120KB).

Problems with a licensed premise?

If you have concerns about the operations of a licensed premise or that a premises is providing licensable activities without a licence then you can make a complaint, or in extreme circumstances or where you feel that your complaint has not been addressed, you can apply for the licence to be reviewed.

To make a complaint about licensed or unlicensed activities, please complete the form.

Related documents

If you operate food premises you may need to be approved by your local authority.

Licence summary

Examples of types of premises that are required to be approved local authorities are stand-alone (ie not attached to a slaughterhouse, cutting plant or game handling establishment).

You should contact your local authority to see if you require approval.

  • meat processing plants
  • meat preparation plants
  • minced meat processing operations and mechanically separated meat processing plants
  • cold stores

Eligibility criteria

No provision in legislation.

Regulation summary

A summary of the regulations relating to approved food premises

Application evaluation process

No provision in legislation.

Will tacit consent apply?

No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact the Licensing team.

Apply online

Failed application redress

Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance.

Licence holder redress

Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance.

Consumer complaint

To make a complaint about a food premise complete the form.

Alternatively, we would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, The Citizens Advice consumer service will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Other redress

About noise, pollution, for example. Also, should one licence holder complain about another.

To sell goods by competitive bidding in England and Wales you may need to register the premises in which you auction with the local authority.

Eligibility criteria

No provision in legislation.

Regulation summary

A summary of the regulation relating to this licence is available in the following document, Greater London Council (General Powers) Act 1984 (PDF, 516KB).

Application evaluation process

In London, the borough council will take into account the suitability of the premises or stall.

Before your application is refused you will be given the opportunity to appear before the borough council.

Will tacit consent apply?

Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the local authority by the end of the target completion period.

Apply online

Apply for registration of premises for the sale of goods by competitive bidding (auction)

Failed application redress

Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance.

If you wish to appeal against a decision you may appeal to the local Magistrates court within 21 days of the notice of the decision.

Licence holder redress

Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance.

If you wish to appeal against a decision you may appeal to the local Magistrates court within 21 days of the notice of the decision.

Consumer complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, The Citizens Advice consumer service will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Other redress

About noise, pollution, for example. Also, should one licence holder complain about another.

A range of commercial and industrial premises capable of emitting significant amounts of pollution ('prescribed processes') have been required to be authorised under the Environmental Protection Act.

The responsibility for regulating these processes is split between the Council and the Environment Agency. The majority of processes covered by this Act within the London Borough of Bexley only have significant emissions to air and are regulated by the Council.

Part of the philosophy behind regulation under the Environmental Protection Act has included improving public access to information about industrial processes and their emissions. A public register containing information about prescribed processes within the borough is available for inspection free of charge at the offices of the Public Protection Service at Civic Offices, 2 Watling Street, Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 7AT during normal office hours. The Council also keeps copies of documents on behalf of the Environment Agency on the public register.

Authorisations under the Environmental Protection Act are starting to be phased out and to be replaced by permits under the Pollution Prevention and Control Act. Similar in many ways to authorisations, permits can be more onerous in their requirements than authorisations, especially for the more complex/polluting processes.

For further details about application forms and for further advice and information, see Environmental permit.

On 31 October 2016, the London Borough of Bexley joined the Licensing Partnership to process and issue licensing applications for Bexley Council. 

The Licensing Partnership is a partnership of local authorities comprising Maidstone Borough Council, Sevenoaks District Council and Tunbridge Wells Borough Council. 

Central administration for the Licensing Partnership is based at Sevenoaks, with Licensing Officers located at each local authority. The team at Sevenoaks will input applications, process payments (except continuation fees), deal with administrative queries and issue licences.

The Act applies to the activities of gaming, betting, or taking part in a lottery.

  • gaming means playing a game of chance for a prize
  • betting means making or accepting a bet on the outcome of a race, competition, or any other event; the likelihood of anything occurring or not occurring; or whether anything is true or not
  • a lottery is where persons are required to pay in order to take part in an arrangement, during the course of which one or more prizes are allocated by a process, which relies wholly on chance

The Act provides for three categories of licences, which are:

  1. Operating Licences
  2. Personal Licences; and
  3. Premises Licences

The Act makes Bexley Council, the 'licensing authority' responsible for issuing 'premises licences' and the Gambling Commission for issuing 'operating and personal licences'. Licensing remote gambling falls to the Commission, via an Operators Licence.

The aim of the Act is to promote the three 'licensing objectives', which are:

  • preventing gambling from being a source of crime or disorder, being associated with crime or disorder or being used to support crime
  • ensuring that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way
  • protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling

The main functions of a licensing authority under the Act are to:

  • licence premises for gambling activities
  • grant permits for gambling and gaming machines in clubs
  • regulate gaming and gaming machines in alcohol licensed premises
  • grant permits to family entertainment centres for the use of certain lower stake gaming machines
  • grant permits for prize gaming
  • consider notices given for the temporary use of premises for gaming
  • consider occasional use notices for betting at tracks
  • register small societies lotteries

Premises Licences

Licensing Authorities may issue premises licences that authorise the provision of gambling at the following types of venues:

  • casino premises
  • bingo premises
  • betting premises, including tracks
  • adult gaming centres; and
  • family entertainment centres

Except in the case of tracks, premises licences may only be issued to people with a relevant operating licence granted by the Commission.

Other forms of authorisation issued by the Council may include authorising the temporary use of premises, occasional use notices, five different sorts of permit for unlicensed family entertainment centres, prize gaming, gaming machines on alcohol-licensed premises, club gaming and club gaming machines.

Apply

Online

or contact:

Licensing Partnership
PO Box 182
Sevenoaks
Kent
TN13 1GP

Or email: licensing@sevenoaks.gov.uk

Application evaluation process 

Applications for the London Borough of Bexley must be submitted online or sent to the Licensing Partnership (details above).

Applications must be in a specific format and be accompanied by a required fee and supporting documents. 

Regulation summary

A summary of the regulation relating to this licence.

Statement of Gambling Policy -  31 January 2019 to 30 January 2022

Licensing authorities must carry out their functions with a view to promoting the three licensing objectives and every three years must determine its gambling policy and publish a statement of that policy. The policy must be kept under review during the three years. The current version of the Council's Statement of Gambling Policy (PDF, 359KB), was approved on 7 November 2018 and can also be viewed in the reception areas of main Council offices and in public libraries. Printed copies of the policy are also available from Licensing Officers based at Bexley.

Licensing portal

The Licensing Application Information Online system contains new features which will improve your access to licensing applications/licences, including better search options.

You can monitor the progress of an application and make comments while it is being considered and have the ability to receive email notifications relating to the applications/licences you are interested in.

Anyone may make a representation, or a comment, concerning a licensing application that is open to the public for consultation. Your representation must be made in writing and received by the closing date shown.

To identify the application/licence you can search using:

  • keywords
  • reference number (eg 19/00001)
  • postcode
  • single line of an address
  • ward

View licensing applications/licences and comment online.

The Licensing Application Information Online service is normally available for 24 hours, seven days a week, except for periods set aside for system maintenance which will usually take place between 3am and 5am.

If you or your business board dogs in kennels or at home, board cats or provide daycare for dogs (dog crèches), you will require a licence. The number of dogs and cats that may be housed or cared for will be specified on the licence along with other specific conditions.

Professional dog walkers and dog sitters (where you look after the dog within its normal place of residence) do not require a licence.

It is your responsibility to ensure you have a current licence. If you operate without a licence or fail to follow licensing conditions, you may face a fine and/imprisonment.

Licence summary

A local authority may authorise an officer, veterinary surgeon or practitioner to inspect licensed premises.

Apply

To apply, vary or renew a licence, you must comply with the licence conditions and guidance.

Animal boarding licence application form

Licensing Partnership
PO Box 182
Sevenoaks
Kent
TN13 1GP

Or email: licensing@sevenoaks.gov.uk

The Licensing Partnership will write to you at least three months before your licence expires, to remind you to renew it. You must apply for a renewal licence at least 10 weeks before the current licence expires, if you wish to continue to operate without a break in trading.

Eligibility criteria

You need to be eligible to apply for a licence, you will find information on persons who may not apply in the regulation summary below.

Regulation summary

The regulation relating to animal activities requiring a licence.

Application evaluation process

Fees will be payable for applications and conditions will be attached.

The licence runs for one to three years from the date of issue.

You will receive a one to five-star rating on your licence, with a five-star rating the highest possible. The rating will be an accurate reflection of the level of risk of your business and the animal welfare standards you adopt.

Once we grant a licence, there are separate procedures for varying, suspending or revoking it as well as requesting a review of your star rating.   

Will tacit consent apply?

No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact the Licensing Partnership.

Failed application redress

If we refuse your application, The Licensing Partnership notify you in writing stating the grounds for refusal. You will have 28 days following the notice of refusal to appeal to the First Tier Tribunal (Gov.UK website).

Related documents

The Clean Air Act 1993 requires the heights of certain chimneys to be approved.

Installations in 'normal' domestic premises would not normally need approval. Those requiring approval are those serving furnaces, boilers of similar appliances that:

  • burn pulverized fuel
  • burn, at a rate of 45.4 kg or more per hour, any other solid matter, or
  • burn at a rate equivalent to 366.4 kW or more, any liquid or gaseous matter

Due to the size of these furnaces, this is only likely to apply to industrial or commercial premises.

This is in addition to any other permissions (such as planning permission for example) that may also be required, and also applies to replacements as well as to new installations.

Application form for the approval of the height of chimney(s) serving furnaces (PDF, 132KB).

For help and guidance with determining the correct height for your chimney, refer to Chimney Heights, the 3rd edition of the 1956 Clean Air Act Memorandum (ISBN 0-11-751556-6) or contact Bexley's Air Quality team, email airquality@bexley.gov.uk

To authorise the supply of alcohol and regulated entertainment in a qualifying club you need a club premises certificate from your local authority.

Licence summary

In a qualifying club, there is technically no sale by retail of alcohol (except to guests) as the member owns part of the alcohol stock and the money passing across the bar is merely a mechanism to preserve equity between members where one may consume more than another. In order to constitute a qualifying club, you must also satisfy the various requirements set out in the Licensing Act 2003.

Apply

To make an application contact:

Licensing Partnership
P.O. Box 182
Sevenoaks
Kent
TN13 1GP

Or email: licensing@sevenoaks.gov.uk 

Eligibility criteria

Clubs must be qualifying clubs. A qualifying club has general conditions it must satisfy. These are:

  • a person may not be given memberships or as a candidate for membership to any membership privileges without an interval of at least two days from their membership application or nomination and their membership being granted
  • that club rules state that those becoming a member without nomination or application cannot have membership privileges for at least two days between them becoming members and being admitted to the club
  • that the club is established and conducted in good faith
  • that the club has at least 25 members
  • that alcohol is only supplied to members on the premises on behalf or by the club

Additional conditions in relation to the supply of alcohol must be complied with. These conditions are:

  • that alcohol purchased for and supplied by the club is done by members of the club who are over 18 years of age and are elected to do so by the members
  • that no person at the expense of the club receives any commission, percentage or other similar payment in regard to the purchase of alcohol by the club
  • that there are no arrangements for anyone to receive a financial benefit from supplying alcohol, apart from any benefit to the club or to any person indirectly from the supply giving a gain from running the club

Registered industrial and provident societies and friendly societies will qualify if the alcohol is purchased for and supplied by the club is done under the control of the members or a committee of members.

Relevant miners' welfare institutes can also be considered. A relevant institute is one that is managed by a committee or board that consists of at least two-thirds of people appointed or elevated by one or more licensed operators under the Coal Industry Act 1994 and by one or more organisations who represent coal mine employees. The institute can be managed by the committee or board where the board cannot be made up as detailed above but is made up of at least two thirds of members who were employed or are employed in or around coal mines and also by people who were appointed by the Coal Industry Welfare Organisation or by a body who had similar functions under the Miners' Welfare Act 1952. In any case, the premises of the institute must be held on a trust as required under the Recreational Charities Act 1958.

Regulation summary

A summary of the regulation relating to this licence.

Application evaluation process

A club can apply for a club premises certificate for any premises which are occupied and used regularly for club purposes.

Applications should be made to the local licensing authority, which will the local authority where the premises are situated. Applications should be submitted with a plan of the premises which must be in a specific format, a copy of the rules of the club and a club operating schedule.

A club operating schedule is a document which must be in a specific format and which includes information on:

  • the activities of the club
  • the times the activities are to take place
  • other opening times
  • if alcohol supplies are for consumption on or off the premises or both
  • the steps that the club propose to take to promote the licensing objectives
  • any other information that is required

If there any alterations to the rules or name of the club before an application is determined or after a certificate is issued, the club secretary must give details to the local licensing authority. If a certificate is in place this must be sent to the licensing authority when they are notified.

If a certificate is in place and the registered address of the club changes the club must give notice to the local licensing authority of the change and provide the certificate with the notice.

A club may apply to the local licensing authority to vary a certificate. The certificate should accompany the application.

The local licensing authority may inspect the premises before an application is considered.

Fees may be payable for any type of application relating to a club premises certificate.

In addition, you must post a notice on the premises (for a 28 day period) and in a newspaper that is circulated in the locality of the Premises. Please note: It is a requirement of the law that the notice document posted at the site must be:

  • of a size equal or larger than A4
  • of a pale blue colour
  • printed legibly in black ink or typed in a font of a size equal to or larger than 16

Will tacit consent apply?

No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact the Licensing team.

Failed application redress

Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance.

A failed applicant will receive notice of the refusal of an application for a certificate or variation of a certificate from the local licensing authority.

If an application is rejected, the applicant may appeal the decision.

Appeals must be made to the local Magistrates' court within 21 days of the decision appealed.

Licence holder redress

Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance.

If a local licensing authority refuses an application for a variation the licence holder may appeal the decision. A licence holder can appeal against a decision to put conditions on a certificate or to exclude any club activity. Appeals may also be made against the variation of any condition.

Appeals against the decision of a review can be made.

A club may appeal against the withdrawing of a certificate Appeals must be made to the local Magistrates' court within 21 days of the decision appealed.

Other redress

Any interested party may make representations to the local licensing authority before the certificate is granted or before amendments to a certificate are granted. If representations are made a hearing will be held to consider the application and the representations. Notices will be made by the local licensing authority detailing the reasons for any outcome. Interested parties who made representations will receive notice of a failed application.

An interested party is:

  • a person living near the premises or a body representing such a person
  • a person involved in a business near the premises or a body representing such a person

An interested party may request a review of the club premises certificate. The local licensing authority will give reasons for their response to the application in a notice.

An interested party may appeal if they argue that a certificate should not have been granted or that different or additional conditions or limitations on activities should have been made. They may also appeal against any variation of a condition.

Appeals against the decision of a review can be made.

Appeals must be made to the local Magistrates' court within 21 days of the decision appealed.

If you control non-domestic premises you must ensure that you notify the local authority, or in Scotland, the island or district council of any cooling tower or evaporative condenser on the premises.

Licence summary

Notification must be in writing (including by electronic means) on a form approved by the Health & Safety Executive.

You must notify the local authority or island or district council of any changes to the notification information within one month of the change, in writing.

If the device ceases to be a notifiable device you must notify the local authority or island or district council in writing as soon as possible.

Eligibility criteria

No provision in legislation.

Regulation summary

A summary of the regulations relating to cooling towers and evaporative condensers

Application evaluation process

No provision in legislation.

Will tacit consent apply?

Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the local authority by the end of the target completion period.

Apply online

Failed application redress

Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance.

Licence holder redress

Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance.

Consumer complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, The Citizens Advice consumer service will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre

Other redress

About noise, pollution, for example. Also, should one licence holder complain about another contact 020 8303 7777 and ask for Environmental Health.

Related document

Copies of these licences should generally be on public display at the premises to which they relate. If you don't see one ask 'why?' and try to find somewhere that is licensed.

Applications for new licences, or where there are substantial changes to an existing licence, must be advertised in order that residents can be given the opportunity to object to the application and appear before the licensing applications panel.

Please note: Persons wishing to keep a dangerous wild animal must first obtain a licence from the local authority.

Apply

To make an application contact:

Licensing Partnership
PO Box 182
Sevenoaks
Kent
TN13 1GP

Or email: licensing@sevenoaks.gov.uk 

Animals Covered by the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 include:

  • mammals
    • marsupials - Tasmanian devil, grey kangaroo, red kangaroo, wallaroo, euro
    • primates - Tamarins, New World monkeys (Capuchin, Howler, Saki, Spider, Squirrel, Titi, Uakari, Woolly and the Night Monkey), Old World monkeys (Baboons, Drill, Colobus Monkeys, Gelada, Guenons, Langurs, Leaf Monkeys, Macaques, Mandrill, Mangebeys, Patas Monkey, Proboscis Monkey and Talapoin), Leaping lemurs (Indri, Sifakas and Woolly lemur), Large lemurs (except the broad-nosed and grey gentle lemurs), anthropoid apes (chimpanzees, gibbons, gorilla, orang-utan)
    • edentates - Sloths, the giant armadillo, the giant anteater
    • rodents - North American porcupine, capybara, crested porcupines
    • carnivores - Giant panda, red panda, jackals, wild dogs, wolves, coyote. (except foxes, the raccoon-dog and domestic dogs), bobcat, caracal, cheetah, jaguar, lion, lynx, ocelot, puma, serrval, tiger and all other cats (except domestic cat breeds), Hyenas (except the aardwolf), badgers (except Eurasian), otters (except Eurasian), tyra, wolverine, fisher, ratel, cacomistles, raccoons, coatis, olingos, little coatimundi, kinkajou, bears, civets, binturong and the fossa
    • pinnipedes - The walrus, eared and earless seals, sea lions (except the common and grey seals)
    • elephants
    • odd-toed ungulates - asses, horses and zebras (except domesticated horses, hybrids and donkeys), rhinoceros, tapirs
    • hyraxes - The tree hyrax and rock hyrax
    • aardvark
    • even-toed ungulates- The pronghorn, antelopes, bison, buffalo, cattle, gazelles, goats, sheep camels, guanaco, vicuna, moose, elk, caribou, reindeer, giraffe, okapi, hippopotamus, pygmy hippopotamus, Old World pigs (wild boar, warthog), New World pigs (peccaries) any hybrids of this list (except domesticated breeds)
  • birds - Cassowaries, emu, ostrich
  • reptiles
    • crocodilians - alligators, caymans, crocodiles, the false gharial, the gharial (gavial)
    • lizards and snakes - mole vipers, some rear-fanged venomous snakes (the moila, montpellier, sand, twig, mangrove, boomslang, red-necked keelback, yamakagashi snakes), some front-fanged venomous snakes (the cobras, coral, desert black, kraits, mambas, sea snakes and all Australian poisonous snakes (including death adders), adders, barba amarilla, bushmaster, copperhead, ferde-lance, moccasins, rattlesnakes and vipers), the gila monster and the Mexican beaded lizard
  • invertebrates
    • spiders - Wandering, the Sydney funnel-web (and relatives), Brazilian wolf, brown recluse (violin), black widow (redback and relatives) spiders
    • scorpions - buthid scorpions

The purpose of the licence is to protect the health and welfare of the animal and ensure its security.

Will tacit consent apply?

No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact the Licensing team.

Related document

Breeding three or more litters of puppies in any 12-month period and/or breeding dogs and advertising a business of selling dogs will require a licence. 

It is your responsibility to ensure you have a current licence. If you operate without a licence or fail to follow licensing conditions, you may face a fine and/imprisonment.

The licence must be displayed in a public-facing area of the premises such as the entrance or animal introduction area or in a home environment shown to any potential purchasers.  

If you are looking to purchase a puppy and don't see one, ask 'why?' and try to find somewhere that is licensed.

Licence summary

A local authority may authorise an officer, veterinary surgeon or practitioner to inspect licensed premises.

Apply

To apply, vary or renew a licence, you must comply with the licence conditions and guidance.

Dog breeding licence application form

Licensing Partnership
PO Box 182
Sevenoaks
Kent
TN13 1GP

Or email: licensing@sevenoaks.gov.uk

The Licensing Partnership will write to you at least three months before your licence expires, to remind you to renew it. You must apply for a renewal licence at least 10 weeks before the current licence expires, if you wish to continue to operate without a break in trading.

Eligibility criteria 

You need to be eligible to apply for a licence, you will find information on persons who may not apply in the regulation summary below.

Regulation summary

The regulation relating to animal activities requiring a licence

Application Evaluation Process

Fees will be payable for applications and conditions will be attached.

The licence runs for one to three years from the date of issue.

You will receive a one to five-star rating on your licence, with a five-star rating the highest possible. The rating will be an accurate reflection of the level of risk of your business and the animal welfare standards you adopt.

Once we grant a licence, there are separate procedures for varying, suspending or revoking it as well as requesting a review of your star rating.   

Will tacit consent apply?

No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted.  If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact the Licensing Partnership.

Failed application redress

If we refuse your application, The Licensing Partnership will notify you in writing stating the grounds for refusal. You will have 28 days following the notice of refusal to appeal to the First Tier Tribunal (Gov.UK website).

Related document

You must have an environmental permit if you operate a regulated facility in England or Wales.

Licence summary

A regulated facility includes:

  • installations or mobile plants carrying out listed activities
  • waste operations
  • waste mobile plant
  • mining waste operations

Listed activities include:

  • energy - burning fuel, gasification, liquification and refining activities
  • metals - manufacturing and processing metals
  • minerals - manufacturing lime, cement, ceramics or glass
  • chemicals - manufacturing chemicals, pharmaceuticals or explosives, storing chemicals in bulk
  • waste - incinerating waste, operating landfills, recovering waste
  • solvents - using solvents
  • other - manufacturing paper, pulp and board, treating timber products, coating, treating textiles and printing, manufacturing new tyres, intensive pig and poultry farming

Listed activities are divided into three categories: Part A(1), Part A(2) and Part B.

Part A permits control activities with a range of environmental impacts, including:

  • emissions to air, land and water
  • energy efficiency
  • waste reduction
  • raw materials consumption
  • noise, vibration and heat
  • accident prevention

Part B permits control activities which cause emissions to air.

The permit your business requires depends on the specific processes involved and resulting emissions.

Permits are available from the Environment Agency or your local authority (the regulator) depending upon the category your business falls within:

  • Part A(1) installations or mobile plants are regulated by the Environment Agency
  • Part A(2) and Part B installations or mobile plants are regulated by the local authority, except waste operations carried out at Part B installations which are regulated by the Environment Agency
  • waste operations or waste mobile plant carried on other than at an installation, or by Part A or Part B mobile plants, are regulated by the Environment Agency
  • mining waste operations are regulated by the Environment Agency

Eligibility criteria

Applications must be made on the form provided by the regulator, or online and must include specified information which will vary depending on the operation.

A fee may be payable.

If further information is required the applicant will be notified by the regulator and they must provide this information or the application will be deemed to be withdrawn.

The application must be from the operator of the regulated facility.

For waste operations, no licence will be granted unless any required planning permission had first been granted.

Regulation summary

A summary of the regulation relating to environmental permit

Application evaluation process

The regulator will pay regard to the protection of the environment taken as a whole by, in particular, preventing or, where that is not practicable, reducing emissions into the air, water and land.

The regulator may inform the public of the application and must consider any representations.

The application must be from the operator of the regulated facility and the regulator must be satisfied that they must operate the facility in accordance with the environmental permit.

Will tacit consent apply?

No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact 020 8303 7777 and ask for Environmental Health.

Apply online

Failed application redress

Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance.

An applicant who is refused an environmental permit may appeal to the appropriate authority. In England, the appropriate authority is the Secretary of State and in Wales are the Welsh Ministers. Appeals must be lodged no later than six months from the date of the decision.

Licence holder redress

Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance.

If an application to vary, transfer or surrender an environmental permit has been refused or if the applicant objects to conditions imposed on the environmental permit they may appeal to the appropriate authority.

Appeals must be lodged in relation to a regulator initiated variation, a suspension notice or an enforcement notice, not later than two months from the date of the variation or notice and in any other case not later than six months from the date of the decision.

Consumer complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, The Citizens Advice consumer service will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Other redress

Compensation may be payable in relation to conditions affecting certain interests in land.

On 31 October 2016, the London Borough of Bexley joined the Licensing Partnership to process and issue licensing applications for Bexley Council. 

The Licensing Partnership is a partnership of local authorities comprising Maidstone Borough Council, Sevenoaks District Council and Tunbridge Wells Borough Council. 

Central administration for the Licensing Partnership is based at Sevenoaks, with Licensing Officers located at each local authority. The team at Sevenoaks will input applications, process payments (except continuation fees), deal with administrative queries and issue licences.

The manufacture or storage of explosives (including fireworks) may require a licence.

A summary and guidance on the manufacture and storage of explosives regulations are available on HSE - Explosives. If you intend to sell fireworks outside of prescribed times you will require a separate licence.

If you wish to manufacture explosives, you will need to obtain a licence from the Health and Safety Executive.

If you wish to store fireworks you are, subject to certain exemptions, required to obtain a licence with the Licensing Partnership.

Apply

To make an application contact:

Licensing Partnership
P.O. Box 182
Sevenoaks
Kent
TN13 1GP

Or email: licensing@sevenoaks.gov.uk

Storage licence (PDF, 124KB)

Please note that licences run from 1 September to 31 August. Fees will be adjusted proportionally if you apply after 1 September.

If you wish to store other explosives or need further information, please contact the Licensing Partnership.

Fireworks

If you intend to sell fireworks, other than during the following periods, you will require a licence under the Firework Regulations 2004:

  • New Year
  • Chinese New Year
  • 15 October to 10 November
  • Diwali

Licence application to sell fireworks all year (PDF, 91KB).

To store, prepare, distribute or sell food on premises you need to be registered with the local authority.

Licence summary

Premises include restaurants, cafes, hotels, shops, canteens, market stalls, mobile catering vans and food delivery vans.

Some manufacturers handling products of animal origin may need to be approved by the local authority or the Meat Hygiene Service, rather than registered. If you are uncertain whether your business needs to be approved or registered, contact your local authority.

Eligibility criteria

No provision in legislation.

Regulation summary

Application evaluation process

No provision in legislation.

Will tacit consent apply?

Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the local authority by the end of the target completion period.

Apply online

Failed application redress

Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance.

Licence holder redress

Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance.

Consumer complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, The Citizens Advice consumer service will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Other redress

About noise, pollution, for example. Also, should one licence holder complain about another.

Related document

We are responsible for gambling permits for the following:

  • automatic entitlement notification permits (for premises with a bar)
  • licensed premises gaming machine permits
  • unlicensed family entertainment centres (gaming machine permits)
  • prize gaming
  • clubs (club gaming permits and club machine permits).

For more information on each permit visit the Gambling Commission.

A Club gaming machine permit allows up to three gaming machine made up of category B4, C and D gaming machines but no other form of gaming.

A Club gaming permit allows up to three gaming machine made up of category B4, C and D gaming machines and other forms of gaming such as bingo. 

If you have more than two machines you must apply for a licensed premises gaming machine permit for categories C and D. If you are a bar and have two or less machines of category C and D you can apply for an automatic entitlement notification permit.

Apply online

If you or your business hire out horses, you will require an animal licence.

It is your responsibility to ensure you have a current licence. If you operate without a licence or fail to follow licensing conditions, you may face a fine and/imprisonment.

Licence summary

A local authority may authorise an officer, veterinary surgeon or practitioner to inspect licensed premises.

Apply 

To apply, change or renew a licence, you must comply with the licence conditions and guidance.

Hiring out horses licence application form

Licensing Partnership
PO Box 182
Sevenoaks
Kent
TN13 1GP

Or email: licensing@sevenoaks.gov.uk

The Licensing Partnership will write to you at least three months before your licence expires, to remind you to renew it. You must apply for a renewal licence at least 10 weeks before the current licence expires, if you wish to continue to operate without a break in trading.

Eligibility criteria 

You need to be eligible to apply for a licence, you will find information on persons who may not apply in the regulation summary below.

Regulation summary

The regulation relating to animal activities requiring a licence.

Application evaluation process

Fees will be payable for applications and conditions will be attached.

The licence runs for one to three years from the date of issue.

You will receive a one to five-star rating on your licence, with a five-star rating the highest possible. The rating will be an accurate reflection of the level of risk of your business and the animal welfare standards you adopt.

Once we grant a licence, there are separate procedures for varying, suspending or revoking it as well as requesting a review of your star rating.   

Will tacit consent apply?

No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact the Licensing Partnership.

Failed application redress

If we refuse your application, The Licensing Partnership will notify you in writing stating the grounds for refusal. You will have 28 days following the notice of refusal to appeal to the First Tier Tribunal (Gov.UK website).

Related document

If you wish to show, demonstrate or perform a hypnotism act in public, you must have authorisation from the local authority in England and Wales.

Licence summary

If you are performing in Scotland, you must have permission, or the premises must hold a premises or other entertainment licence.

Permission in Scotland is obtained from the authority issuing the premises licences.

You must comply with any conditions attached to an authorisation.

Apply

To make an application contact:

Licensing Partnership
P.O. Box 182
Sevenoaks
Kent
TN13 1GP

Or email: licensing@sevenoaks.gov.uk

Eligibility criteria

Fees may be payable if you apply to a London Borough Council.

Regulation summary

A summary of the regulation relating to hypnotism authorisation

Application evaluation process

No provisions in legislation.

Will tacit consent apply?

Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the local authority by the end of the target completion period.

Failed application redress

Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance.

Licence holder redress

Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance.

Related document

If you or your business are keeping or training animals for exhibition, you will require an animal licence.

It is your responsibility to ensure you have a current licence. If you operate without a licence or fail to follow licensing conditions, you may face a fine and/imprisonment.

Licence summary

A local authority may authorise an officer, veterinary surgeon or practitioner to inspect licensed premises.

Apply

To apply, change or renew a licence, you must comply with the licence conditions and guidance.

Training animals for exhibition licence application form

Licensing Partnership
PO Box 182
Sevenoaks
Kent
TN13 1GP

Or email: licensing@sevenoaks.gov.uk 

The Licensing Partnership will write to you at least three months before your licence expires, to remind you to renew it. You must apply for a renewal licence at least 10 weeks before the current licence expires, if you wish to continue to operate without a break in trading.

Eligibility criteria

You need to be eligible to apply for a licence, you will find information on persons who may not apply in the regulation summary below.

Regulation summary

The regulation relating to animal activities requiring a licence.

Application evaluation process

Fees will be payable for applications and conditions will be attached.

The licence runs three years from the date of issue. There is no risk assessment applied to these activities. 

Once we grant a licence, there are separate procedures for varying, suspending or revoking it as well as requesting a review of your star rating.   

Will tacit consent apply?

No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact the Licensing Partnership.

Failed application redress

If we refuse your application, The Licensing Partnership will notify you in writing stating the grounds for refusal. You will have 28 days following the notice of refusal to appeal to the First Tier Tribunal (Gov.UK website).

Related document

If you operate a sports ground in England, Scotland or Wales which is not designated as requiring a safety certificate, you will still require a safety certificate for any covered stand that holds 500 or more spectators.

Licence summary

A safety certificate may be either:

  • a general safety certificate which covers the use of the stand for viewing an activity, or a number of activities, specified in the certificate for an indefinite period which starts on a specified date
  • a special safety certificate which covers the use of the stand for viewing a certain specified activity or activities on a certain specified occasion or occasions

One certificate may cover more than one stand.

Certificates are obtained from your local authority.

You must comply with any conditions attached to a certificate.

On 31 October 2016, the London Borough of Bexley joined the Licensing Partnership to process and issue licensing applications for Bexley Council. To apply for a Safety certificate contact licensing@sevenoaks.gov.uk for an application form.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for a general safety certificate, you must be the person responsible for the management of the ground.

To be eligible for a special safety certificate, you must be the person responsible for the activity to be viewed from the stand on that occasion.

Regulation summary

A summary of the regulation relating to this licence

Application evaluation process

Applicants must provide requested information and plans to the local authority within the time specified. If it is not provided within the permitted time the application will be deemed to have been withdrawn.

The local authority will determine if any stand in their area is a regulated stand. If it is determined that it is, a notice will be served on the person who appears would qualify to be issued with a general safety certificate. The notice will give details of their determination and the effects of the determination.

When a local authority receives an application for a general safety certificate for a regulated stand at a sports ground they must determine if the stand is a regulated stand and if it if the applicant is the person who qualifies for the issue of the certificate. If they have already determined that the stand is a regulated stand and have not revoked this decision, they must decide if the applicant is the person who qualifies for the issue of the general safety certificate.

If the local authority receives an application for a special safety certificate for a regulated stand they must determine if the applicant qualifies for the issue of a certificate.

The local authority must send a copy of an application for a safety certificate to the chief police officer of the area, the fire and rescue authority if they are not that authority and the building authority if they are not that authority. Each of these bodies must be consulted about the terms and conditions to be included in a certificate.

If an application is made to transfer a certificate the local authority must determine if the person to whom the certificate is to be transferred, if they made an application, would qualify for the issue of a certificate. The applicant may be the current holder of the certificate or the person to whom the certificate is to be transferred.

The local authority will send a copy of the application to the chief police officer of the area, the fire and rescue authority if they are not that authority and the building authority if they are not that authority and shall consult them about any proposed amendment, replacement or transfer.

Will tacit consent apply?

No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact the Licensing team.

Failed application redress

Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance.

Any applicant who is refused a general safety certificate because they are not considered to be an eligible person can appeal to the Magistrates court or, in Scotland, the local sheriff court.

An applicant who is refused a special safety certificate may also appeal to the court against a refusal based on grounds other than a decision that they are not an eligible person.

Licence holder redress

Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance.

Any licence holder who wishes to appeal against a condition attached to, or the omission of anything from, their safety certificate, or against the refusal to amend or replace a safety certificate, may appeal to the Magistrates court or, in Scotland, the local sheriff court.

Other redress

Any person who is served with a notice determining that a sports stand is a regulated sports stand may appeal to the local Magistrates' court or in Scotland to the local sheriff court.

Any person concerned with ensuring compliance with the terms and conditions of the safety certificate may appeal to the magistrate's court or, in Scotland, to the local sheriff court, against any condition attached to, or the omission of anything from, a safety certificate, or against the refusal to amend or replace a safety certificate.

Trade associations

If you operate a sports ground in England, Scotland or Wales that holds more than 10,000 spectators, you may be required to hold a safety certificate.

Licence summary

A safety certificate may be either:

  • a general safety certificate issued for the use of a sports ground for a specified activity, or activities, during an indefinite period
  • a special safety certificate for the use of a sports ground for a specified activity or activities on a specified occasion or occasions

Safety certificates are obtained from your local authority.

You must comply with any terms or conditions attached to a certificate.

On 31 October 2016, the London Borough of Bexley joined the Licensing Partnership to process and issue licensing applications for Bexley Council. To apply for a Safety certificate contact licensing@sevenoaks.gov.uk for an application form.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for a safety certificate, you must be likely to be in a position to prevent contravention of the terms and conditions of a certificate.

Regulation summary

A summary of the regulation relating to this licence.

Application evaluation process

Applicants must provide requested information and plans to the local authority within the time specified. If the applicant fails to provide the requested information within the specified time the application will be deemed to have been withdrawn.

A local authority will consider if the applicant is in a position to prevent any breach of the terms and conditions of a certificate.

The local authority must send a copy of an application for a safety certificate to the chief police officer of the area, the fire and rescue authority if they are not that authority and the building authority if they are not that authority in England and Wales. In Scotland, they shall send an application to the chief police officer and either the fire authority or building authority. Each of these bodies must be consulted about the terms and conditions to be included in a certificate.

If an application is made to transfer a certificate the local authority must determine if the person to whom the certificate is to be transferred, if they made an application, would qualify for the issue of a certificate. The applicant may be the current holder of the certificate or the person to whom the certificate is to be transferred.

The local authority must send a copy of a transfer application to the chief police officer of the area, the fire and rescue authority if they are not that authority and the building authority if they are not that authority in England and Wales. In Scotland, they shall send an application to the chief police officer and either the fire authority or building authority. They shall consult them about any proposed amendment, replacement or transfer.

Will tacit consent apply?

No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact it. You can do this online if you applied through the UK Welcomes service.

Failed application redress

Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance.

Any applicant who is refused a safety certificate because they are not considered to be an eligible person can appeal to the Magistrates court.

An applicant who is refused a special safety certificate may also appeal to the Magistrates court against a refusal of his application based on grounds other than a decision that they are not an eligible person.

Licence holder redress

Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance.

Any licence holder who wishes to appeal against a condition attached to, or the omission of anything from, their safety certificate, or against the refusal to amend or replace a safety certificate, may appeal to the Magistrates court. They may also appeal to the county court against an order of the Magistrate's court.

Other redress

Any person concerned in ensuring compliance with the terms and conditions of the safety certificate may appeal to the Magistrate's court against any condition attached to, or the omission of anything from, a safety certificate, or against the refusal to amend or replace a safety certificate.

Trade associations

To erect a scaffold or hoarding on the public highway, you need a scaffold or hoarding licence and a highway protection license.

Regulations for a license

Before an application can be approved, an Officer contacts the applicant to arrange to meet on site to discuss placing of the scaffold or hoarding and to take measurements of the area of highway that is included within the confines of the work.

Conditions and applicant responsibilities are available in the following document Scaffold hoarding conditions (PDF, 88KB).

The application evaluation process

Licenses can be valid for any period between one day and three months. For longer periods, or to extend your license, an additional payment of £101 is required, this will extend the license up to another three months.

Highway Protection License

To ensure that the London Borough of Bexley is covered against any possible damage to the highway, a highway protection license will be necessary.

A licence fee and deposit are payable prior to the siting of the scaffold and hoarding and is refundable upon removal of the scaffold or hoarding providing no damage has been caused to the highway. 

At the site meeting, if a scaffold or hoarding license is to be issued, the charges set out on the application form and handed to the applicant. Following the site meeting, the applicant should contact the Highway Enforcement team to discuss payment and issue of the licenses.

Cost of a license

Scaffold or Hoarding License combined with a Highway Protection License cost is £604 for the three monthly period.

A deposit will also be required depending on the square meterage used, this is a refundable deposit if the Council agree that no damage has occurred to the area being used.

To extend the License a payment of £104 will be required for another three month period.

Applying for a license

Use the following form to arrange a site meeting Application to erect a scaffold or hoarding on the highway (PDF, 86KB)  or email highway.enforcement@bexley.gov.uk

On 31 October 2016, the London Borough of Bexley joined the Licensing Partnership to process and issue licensing applications for Bexley Council. 

The Licensing Partnership is a partnership of local authorities comprising Maidstone Borough Council, Sevenoaks District Council and Tunbridge Wells Borough Council. 

Central administration for the Licensing Partnership is based at Sevenoaks, with Licensing Officers located at each local authority. The team at Sevenoaks will input applications, process payments (except continuation fees), deal with administrative queries and issue licences.

Anyone wishing to carry on a business as a scrap metal dealer requires a licence.

A person carries on a business as a scrap metal dealer if he:

  • carries on a business which consists wholly or partly in buying or selling scrap metal, whether or not the metal is sold in the form in which it was bought, or
  • carries on a business as a motor salvage operator

Scrap metal includes:

  • any old, waste or discarded metal or metallic material, and
  • any product, article or assembly which is made from or contains metal and is broken, worn out or regarded by its last holder as having reached the end of its useful life

It does not include:

  • gold, silver and any alloy of which 2% or more by weight is attributable to gold or silver

There are two types of licences:

Site Licence - This is where the scrap metal business is operated from one or more sites in the local authority area. The licence allows the licensee to buy and sell scrap metal and to transport scrap metal to and from those sites from any local authority area.

Collector's Licence - This is where the scrap metal operator collects scrap metal in the local authority area. A separate licence must be obtained from each council the collector wishes to operate in.

A scrap metal dealer is only permitted to hold one type of licence in any one local authority area.

A scrap metal dealer must not receive scrap metal from a person without verifying that person's full name and address and must not pay cash for any scrap metal he purchases. The scrap metal dealer must keep copies of any documents used to verify the identity of the seller.

The dealer is required to record specific information regarding the sale or purchase of any scrap metal. 

Eligibility

An application for a site or collector's licence can be made by an individual, company or partnership and must be submitted on the relevant council application form. The applicant and any directors, partners and, in the case of a site licence any persons nominated as site managers, are required to disclose any convictions for any relevant offences.

The Council requests that a basic disclosure of convictions form, which should be issued no earlier than three calendar months of the licence application being submitted to the licensing authority, be submitted for each person named on the application form. A Basic Disclosure Certificate can be applied for on-line via the Disclosure Scotland website. If a disclosure certificate is not submitted with the application form this will result in the application being delayed or rejected.

Regulation Summary

See the summary of regulation relating to this licence for further information.

Application evaluation process

Applications must be submitted on the forms provided by the licensing authority and be accompanied by the required fee. Please see the schedule of fees for further information. The following criteria, amongst others, will be considered when the application is being evaluated:

  • whether the applicant, and in the case of a company or partnership, whether the directors of the company, the company secretary, or each of the partners (whichever the case may be) is a suitable person to carry on a business as a scrap metal dealer
  • whether the applicant or any site manager has been convicted of any relevant offence
  • whether the applicant or any site manager has been the subject of any relevant enforcement action
  • any previous refusal of an application for the issue or renewal of a scrap metal licence (and the reasons for refusal)
  • any previous refusal of an application for a relevant environmental permit or registration (and the reasons for refusal)
  • any previous revocation of a scrap metal licence (and the reasons for revocation)
  • whether the applicant has demonstrated that there will be in place adequate procedures to ensure that the provisions of the Act are complied with

Licensing officers will arrange to visit the applicant's business premises prior to any licence being granted.

A licence will be valid for three years from the date of issue and, in the case of a site licence, a copy of the licence must be displayed at each site identified in the licence in a prominent position accessible to the public. In the case of a collector's licence a copy of the licence must be displayed on any vehicle that is used in the course of the dealer's business.

Will tacit consent apply?

No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application and consult with relevant authorities before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the licensing authority within a reasonable period, please contact the Licensing Partnership.

Apply

To make an application:

Apply for a scrap metal licence

Licensing Partnership
P.O. Box 182
Sevenoaks
Kent
TN13 1GP

Or email: licensing@sevenoaks.gov.uk

Failed application redress

If an application for a licence is refused the applicant can appeal to local Magistrates Court within 21 days of notice of the decision.

Licence holder redress

Any licence holder who wishes to appeal against a condition attached to their licence, or revocation of the licence can appeal to local Magistrates Court within 21 days of notice of the decision to attach the condition or revoke the licence, whichever the case may be.

Trade Associations

If you or your business sell animals as pets, you will require an animal licence.

It is your responsibility to ensure you have a current licence. If you operate without a licence or fail to follow licensing conditions, you may face a fine and/imprisonment.

Licence summary

A local authority may authorise an officer, veterinary surgeon or practitioner to inspect licensed premises.

Apply

To apply, change or renew a licence, you must comply with the licence conditions and guidance.

Selling animals as pets licence application form

Licensing Partnership
PO Box 182
Sevenoaks
Kent
TN13 1GP

Or email: licensing@sevenoaks.gov.uk

The Licensing Partnership will write to you at least three months before your licence expires, to remind you to renew it. You must apply for a renewal licence at least 10 weeks before the current licence expires, if you wish to continue to operate without a break in trading.

Eligibility criteria

You need to be eligible to apply for a licence, you will find information on persons who may not apply in the regulation summary below.

Regulation summary

The regulation relating to animal activities requiring a licence.

Application evaluation process

Fees will be payable for applications and conditions will be attached.

The licence runs for one to three years from the date of issue.

You will receive a one to five-star rating on your licence, with a five-star rating the highest possible. The rating will be an accurate reflection of the level of risk of your business and the animal welfare standards you adopt.

Once we grant a licence, there are separate procedures for varying, suspending or revoking it as well as requesting a review of your star rating.   

Will tacit consent apply?

No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact the Licensing Partnership.

Failed application redress

If we refuse your application, The Licensing Partnership will notify you in writing stating the grounds for refusal. You will have 28 days following the notice of refusal to appeal to the First Tier Tribunal (Gov.UK website).

Related document

To run a sex shop you may need a licence from the local authority.

Licence summary

A 'sex shop' means any premises selling, hiring, exchanging, lending, displaying or demonstrating to a significant degree sex toys, books or videos. To run a venue where explicit films are shown to members of the public, you also need a licence from the local authority.

However, you may apply to the local authority requesting them to waive the requirement of a licence.

Apply

To make an application contact:

Licensing Partnership
P.O. Box 182
Sevenoaks
Kent
TN13 1GP

Or email: licensing@sevenoaks.gov.uk

Eligibility criteria

An applicant:

  • must be at least 18 years old
  • must not be disqualified from holding a licence
  • must have been resident in the UK at least six months immediately before the application or, if a body corporate, must be incorporated in the UK
  • must not have been refused the grant or renewal of a licence for the premises in question within the last 12 months unless the refusal has been reversed on appeal

Regulation summary

A summary of the regulation relating to this licence

Application evaluation process

Fees will be payable for applications and conditions may be attached.

Applications must be in writing (including by electronic means) and contain any information the local authority requires, as well as the applicant's name, address and, where the applicant is an individual, their age, plus the address of the premises.

Applicants must give public notice of their application by publishing an advertisement in a local newspaper.

Will tacit consent apply?

No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact the Licensing team.

Failed application redress

Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance.

Any applicant who is refused a licence, or refused the renewal of a licence, may, within 21 days of being notified of the refusal, appeal to the local magistrates' court.

However, the right to appeal does not apply where the licence was refused on the grounds that:

  • the number of sex establishments in the area exceeds the number which the authority consider is appropriate
  • the grant of the licence would be inappropriate considering the character of the area, the nature of other premises in the area, or the premises themselves

Licence holder redress

Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance.

A licence holder who wishes to appeal against a condition can appeal to a local magistrates' court. In Scotland licence holder who wishes to appeal against a condition can appeal to the local sheriff.

Licence holders may at any time apply to the authority for a variation of the terms, conditions or restrictions in their licence.

If an application for a variation is refused, or if the licence is revoked, the licence holder may, within 21 days of being notified of the imposition of, or the refusal to vary, the term, condition or restriction in question, or of the revocation, appeal to the local magistrates' court.

A licence holder may also appeal to the crown court against a decision of a magistrates' court.

Other redress

Any person objecting to an application for the grant, renewal or transfer of a licence may give written notice of their objection to the relevant authority, stating the grounds of the objection, within 28 days of the date of the application.

To put a builder's skip on a public road, you need a permit from the local authority.

Applying for a skip permit

Application to deposit a skip on the highway.

Eligibility criteria

Please be aware Skip Companies need to have:

  • waste carriers licence
  • public liability insurance

Regulations for a skip permit

Permission may be given subject to the following:

  • siting of the skip
  • skip dimensions
  • making skips visible to traffic
  • care and disposal of skip contents
  • lighting and guarding of skips
  • skip removal

Licence period

Licences are valid for one skip only for a period of up to 14 days and the fee is not refundable if the application has been processed.

A new application must be made for each additional 14 day period. It is essential to apply for the new application before expiry of previous one.

Application evaluation process

Applications must be received at least two working days prior to the licence start date.

Permission is granted with the issuing of a permit which will be returned to you by post, email or can be obtained by telephone, the permit number will be required by the skip company.

Suspension of parking bays

If the skip is to be placed in a resident/metered or pay and display parking bay arrangements must be made to suspend the bay once the skip permit has been issued.

Contact Parking Services by writing to:

  • PO Box 376
    Bromley
    Kent
    BR1 3XJ
    Telephone 020 3045 3000

Charges are £15 per day or £40 per week (seven days) payable upon application payable to Parking Services. You will require the permit number.

Skips on the footway or verge

A deposit is required in advance, if a skip is to be placed on the footway, vehicle crossover or grass verge.

Requests for refunds must be made by the applicant and the site will be inspected to ensure no damage has occurred.

Application fee

Skip and building licence fee per application is £47.50

Guarding of skips on the highway

Notes:

Guarding of skips on the highway - specification and design
  1. the width of each half of the marking shall not be less than 140 millimetres nor more than 280 millimetres
  2. the length of each half of the marking shall be not less than 350 millimetres nor more than 700 millimetres
  3. the angle of each stripe shall be not less than 40 degrees to the vertical nor more than 50 degrees to the vertical
  4. each half of the marking shall have a minimum area of 980 square centimetres
  5. the breadth of each stripe shall be not less than 133 millimetres nor more than 147 millimetres

Arrangements of cones and lamps

Arrangement of cones and lamps (above view)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arrangement of cones and lamps (side view)

Small society lotteries are lotteries promoted for the benefit of a non-commercial society.

​A society is non-commercial if it is established and conducted for charitable purposes, it enables participation in or supporting of sport, athletics and cultural activities and for any other non-commercial purpose other than that of private gain.

The total value of tickets for sale for a single lottery cannot exceed £20,000. The annual value of tickets for all lotteries per year must not exceed £250,000.

If you plan to exceed either of these values, you must be licensed with the Gambling Commission.

Fees

A new registration fee is £40. To maintain registration you will need to pay an annual fee of £20.

Apply online

Apply for a Small Society Lottery Registration.

Returns

A return must be completed within 3 months of the draw taking place.

Submit your returns online.

Summary

Premises, where special treatments are provided for gain or reward, must be licensed. This includes residential or other premises where the provision of the special treatment is ancillary to the main use of the premises.

Special treatments fall into one or more of the following categories:

  • massage
  • manicure includes false nails
  • acupuncture
  • tattooing includes semi-permanent make-up
  • cosmetic piercing
  • chiropody includes pedicure
  • light, electric or other special treatment of a like kind
  • vapour, sauna or other baths

The Council's guidance, the A to Z of special treatments (PDF, 518KB), lists various special treatments that can only be provided at licensed premises.

Some premises, such as hospitals and nursing homes are exempt from needing a licence; as are premises where the special treatment is provided by a person specified in the Act as being exempt, for example, a doctor, or by a member of an exempt body of health practitioners. The Council's guidance, Who needs a special treatment licence (PDF, 124KB), provides more information on exempt premises and persons.

Health Bodies who have applied, and whose members have been granted an exemption are listed on the Council's guidance, List of Bodies of Health Practitioners Granted Exemption (PDF, 211KB).

Relevant Legislation

Part II of the London Local Authorities Act 1991 (as amended).

Application forms

The Council's Standard conditions (PDF, 502KB) will apply to all premises if a licence is granted. 

Fees

Special treatments have been divided into three categories, with those in Category A carrying the most risk and complexity and those in Category C the least. Current application fees are set out in the following document Special treatment licensing fees (PDF, 89KB).

Premises providing a single Category C treatment that is ancillary to the main use of the premises can request a 50% reduction of the fees by completing the Council's Request for a reduced fee application form (Word, 39KB)

Apply online

This service is not currently available. However, electronic applications can be made and fees paid over the phone using a credit or debit card.

Making representations/objections

It is open to any person to make representations/objections to an application and any person wishing to do so should refer to the Council's guidance, Making representations or objections (PDF, 167KB).

View current applications and licences

Applications are listed in the Bexley Bulletin for the duration of the consultation period. 

Will tacit consent apply?

No. The governing legislation allows a 28 day consultation period. Furthermore, it is not in the public interest to allow special treatments to be provided at premises until the suitability of both the applicant and the premises have been determined. 

The exception to the above is in respect of applications seeking to renew an existing licence, with no change to its terms conditions and restrictions. Tacit consent will apply to such applications.

The Council will seek to determine applications where no representations/objections have been made within two months, and within three months if they are subject to representations/objections. However, at the request of an applicant, a delay in the determination of an application to allow required works to be undertaken at premises may be allowed.

Concerns and complaints

If you want to complain about premises that are already licensed or one that is providing special treatments without the benefit of a licence, please contact the Licensing team.

Related document

If you are a trader and wish to use the public highway to sell goods, place out a shop display of any type or place out tables and chairs for eating or drinking you will need a Temporary Street Trading Licence.

Getting a licence

Applications must be made in writing 28 days prior to trading and you will be asked to provide specific information, including details of the area you wish to use.

You must comply with any conditions attached to a licence.

Selling food

If you intend trading in food and/or drinks see Food Safety concerning food hygiene/safety certificates.

Representing a charity

Charity collections are licensed by the Metropolitan Police.

Going from door to door

Pedlars licences, where you go from house to house are available to residents of the London Borough of Bexley from the Metropolitan Police by emailing bexley.licensing@met.police.uk

Trading in Bexleyheath Broadway

If you wish to apply for a Street Trading Licence in the Broadway Pedestrian Area, Bexleyheath, you need to contact:

BID (Business Improvement District)
Bexleyheath Business Partnership Ltd
C/O Bexley Central Library
2 Townley Road
Bexleyheath
Kent DA6 7HJ
email graham.may@bexleyheathbid.co.uk
telephone 020 8304 0775

Eligibility criteria

You must be over 17 years of age to hold a licence and applicants need to have Third Party Insurance of minimum £5,000,000.

Application evaluation process

Applicants should read the conditions below before completing the application form:

  • applications should be submitted with the appropriate fee and required documents, including photographs
  • applications will be assessed for eligibility upon receipt and an Officer will contact the applicant within five working days to arrange to meet on site where necessary
  • once granted, the licence will be sent by post to the applicant
  • processing of a licence will usually take up to five working days
  • licences are valid for six months 1 April until 30 September and 1 October until 31 March as many premises with tables and chairs may only require a licence during the Spring and Summer months

How much does it cost

See fees and charges.

Related documents

On 31 October 2016, the London Borough of Bexley joined the Licensing Partnership to process and issue licensing applications for Bexley Council. 

The Licensing Partnership is a partnership of local authorities comprising Maidstone Borough Council, Sevenoaks District Council and Tunbridge Wells Borough Council. 

Central administration for the Licensing Partnership is based at Sevenoaks, with Licensing Officers located at each local authority. The team at Sevenoaks will input applications, process payments (except continuation fees), deal with administrative queries and issue licences.

A temporary event notice (TEN) is required if licensable activities are to be authorised for an event not already permitted under a premises licence or club premises certificate.

If you wish to provide licensable activities at a premises that does not have a licence, or at a premises that does have a licence but the licensable activities you want to provide are not authorised by that licence, you must serve a Temporary Event Notice (TEN) on the Licensing Authority. However, there are strict timescales and limitations in respect to the service of a TEN.

Note: A 'premises' includes an outdoor space.

Apply online

Apply online for a Temporary Event Notice.

The fee of £21 must accompany any notice served.

Licensable activities

Licensable activities are:

  • the sale by retail of alcohol
  • the supply of alcohol by or on behalf of a club to, or to the order of, a member of the club
  • the provision of regulated entertainment and
  • the provision of late night refreshment

Timescales

To serve a TEN you must give at least:

  • ten (10) clear working days notice between the date you serve the TEN and the date of the event. This means that the date on which you serve the TEN and the date of the event cannot be included in the notice period, nor can Saturday's, Sunday's or Bank holidays

To serve a LATE TEN you must give at least:

  • five (5) clear working days notice between the date you serve the LATE TEN and the date of the event. This means that the date on which you serve the LATE TEN and the date of the event cannot be included in the notice period, nor can Saturday's, Sunday's or Bank holiday's

Note: The limitations and procedure in respect of the service of a TEN and a LATE TEN do vary.

Limitations

The following limitations apply to both TENS and LATE TENS:

  • no more than 499 people, including staff and performers, may attend the event at any one time

Note: If the event is for 500 people or more, it will be necessary for a Premises Licence to be obtained, regardless of whether the event is a one-off.

  • the event period must not exceed seven (7) days (168 hours)

Note: This is the time during which licensable activities may take place at the event, but they do not have to take place during the whole of that seven day period, and some activities may take place at different times to others.

  • the combined maximum number of TENS or LATE TENS that can be served on the same premises in a calendar year is fifteen(15); and the combined maximum number of days a premises can provide licensable activities under a TEN or LATE TEN is twenty-one (21)

Note: An event that starts on one day and finishes the next, counts as two (2) days towards the twenty-one (21) day limit. A calendar year commences on 1 January and ends on 31 December.

  • there must be at least twenty four (24) hours between each event at any one premises, regardless of whether the event is operating under a TEN or a LATE TEN
  • an individual must be aged eighteen (18) years or older in order to serve a TEN or a LATE TEN

The following limitations apply just to TENS:

  • if the individual serving the TEN holds a Personal Licence, they can serve a maximum of fifty (50) TENS per calendar year

Note: An individual would need to serve the TENS on different premises to qualify for this limit.

  • if the individual serving the TEN does not hold a Personal Licence, they can serve a maximum of five (5) TENS per calendar year

The following limitations apply just to LATE TENS:

  • if the individual serving the LATE TEN holds a Personal Licence, they can serve a maximum of five (5) LATE TENS per calendar year
  • if the individual serving the LATE TEN does not hold a Personal Licence, they can serve a maximum of Two (2) TENS per calendar year

Procedure

When an individual serves a TEN or a LATE TEN they are effectively giving notice of there intention to provide licensable activities at a specific premises on the date(s) and time(s) set out in that notice. A TEN or LATE TEN must be served on the Local Authority in whose area the premises are situated.

The following procedure applies to service of both TENS and LATE TENS:

  • the notice must be served on the Local Authority in whose area the premises are situated

Note: If the premises is governed by more than one Local Authority then the notice must be served on each Local Authority.

An individual can serve notice on a Local Authority either in person, by post or electronically.

  • if an individual serves a notice in person or by post they must also serve a copy on the Police and the Environmental Health Service. If they serve notice electronically then it sits with the Local Authority to notify the Police and Environmental Health Service
  • the notice must be completed in full and accompanied by the fee of £21
  • the Local Authority will acknowledge receipt of all 'properly' served notices within two (2) working days, starting on the day after they receive it. To be 'properly' served the notice must be completed in full, accompanied by the fee of £21 and received by the Local Authority in accordance with the timescales and limitations set out above

Note: Notices that do not comply with the timescales are automatically invalid. Where a notice exceeds the limitations the Local Authority will issue a 'counter notice', the effect of which is to prevent the event from going ahead.

  • the Police and Environmental Health service have three working days to object to all properly served notices, starting from the day after they receive it. Objections can be on any of the four licensing objectives

The following procedure applies to receipt of an objection following service of a TEN:

  • the Local Authority will arrange for the TEN and the objection to it to be heard by the Licensing Sub Committee. The hearing date will be at least 24 hours prior to the event date
  • if the Sub Committee dismiss the objection the TEN will stand and the event may go ahead. If they uphold the objection they will serve a notice, the effect of which is to prevent the event from proceeding. The Sub Committee also have the power to impose conditions on the TEN, the effect of which is to allow the event to proceed subject to the conditions they have imposed
  • all parties have a right of appeal to the Magistrates Court in respect of any decision the Sub Committee may make

The following procedure applies to receipt of an objection following service of a LATE TEN:

  • if an objection is made to a LATE TEN, its effect is to automatically prevent the event from going ahead. The Local Authority will not hold a hearing and there is no right of appeal to the Magistrates. However, the service of the LATE TEN will be included when calculating the limitations set out above 

Will tacit consent apply?

Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your notice is properly served and that the event may go ahead if you have not heard from the Local Authority by the target dates set out in the above procedure.

Regulation summary

A summary of the regulation relating to this Notice.

Additional information

Whilst the Licensing Authority may authorise the TEN, we would remind you that it is matter for you to ensure that the event fully complies with any other regulatory and legal requirements. In particular, you should be aware that the service of the Notice does not in any way exempt you from the need to ensure that you comply with any planning restrictions that may be in force for the premises.

Related document

To operate a public weighbridge, you require a certificate of competence issued by the Chief Inspector for Weights and Measures for your local authority.

Eligibility criteria

You must have sufficient knowledge for the proper performance of your duties.

Regulation summary

A summary of the regulation relating to this licence

Application evaluation process

No provision in legislation.

Will tacit consent apply?

Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the local authority by the end of the target completion period.

Apply online

Apply for a public weighbridge operator's certificate

Failed application redress

Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance.

You may appeal to the National Measurement Office if your application is refused.

Licence holder redress

Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance.

Consumer complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, The Citizens Advice consumer service will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Other redress

About noise, pollution, for example. Also should one licence holder complain about another.

Trade associations

To run a zoo in England, Scotland and Wales, you need a licence from the local authority.

Licence summary

The licence may be subject to fees, and conditions to ensure the proper conduct of the zoo.

Apply

To make an application contact:

Licensing Partnership
PO Box 182
Sevenoaks
Kent
TN13 1GP

Or email: licensing@sevenoaks.gov.uk

Eligibility criteria

At least two months before making an application for a licence, the applicant must give notice in writing (including by electronic means) to the local authority of their intention to make the application. The notice must identify:

  • the zoo's location
  • the types of animals and approximate number of each group kept for exhibition on the premises and the arrangements for their accommodation, maintenance and wellbeing
  • the approximate numbers and categories of staff to be employed in the zoo
  • the approximate number of visitors and motor vehicles for which accommodation is to be provided
  • the approximate number and position of access to be provided to the premises
  • how required conservation measures will be implemented at the zoo

At least two months before making the application, the applicant must also publish notice of that intention in one local newspaper and one national newspaper and exhibit a copy of that notice. The notice must identify the location of the zoo and state that the application notice to the local authority is available to be inspected at the local authority offices.

Regulation summary

A summary of the regulation relating to this licence

Application evaluation process

When considering an application the local authority shall take into account any representations made by or on behalf of:

  • the applicant
  • the chief officer of police (or in Scotland the chief constable) in the relevant area
  • the appropriate authority - this is either the enforcing authority or relevant authority in whose area the zoo will be situated
  • the governing body of any national institution concerned with the operation of zoos
  • where part of the zoo is not situated in the area of the local authority with power to grant the licence, a planning authority for the relevant area (other than a county planning authority) or, if the part is situated in Wales, the local planning authority for the area in which it is situated
  • any person alleging that the zoo would affect the health or safety of people living in the neighbourhood
  • anyone stating that the zoo would affect the health or safety of anyone living near it
  • any other person whose representations might show grounds on which the authority has a power or duty to refuse to grant a licence

Before granting or refusing to grant the licence, the local authority shall consider any inspectors' reports based on their inspection of the zoo, consult the applicant about any conditions they propose should be attached to the licence and make arrangements for an inspection to be carried out. At least 28 days notice of the inspection shall be provided by the local authority.

The local authority will not grant the licence if they feel that the zoo would adversely affect the health or safety of people living in near it, or seriously affect the preservation of law and order or if they are not satisfied that appropriate conservation measures would be satisfactorily implemented.

An application may also be refused if:

  • the local authority are not satisfied that accommodation, staffing or management standards are suitable for the proper care and wellbeing of the animals or for the proper conduct of the zoo
  • the applicant, or if the applicant is an incorporated company, the company or any of the company's directors, managers, secretaries or other similar officers, or a keeper in the zoo, has been convicted of any offence involving the ill-treatment of animals

Applications to renew a licence will be considered no later than six months before the expiry of the existing licence, unless a shorter time period is allowed by the local authority.

The Secretary of State, after consulting the local authority, may direct them to attach one or more conditions to a licence.

The local authority may advise the Secretary of State that, because of the small number of animals kept in the zoo or the small number of the kinds of animal kept there, a direction should be made that that a licence is not required.

Will tacit consent apply?

No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact the Licensing team.

Failed application redress

Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance.

If the applicant is refused a licence, they may appeal to a magistrates' court or in Scotland to the sheriff within 28 days from the date on which the applicant receives written notification of the refusal.

Licence holder redress

Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance.

A licence holder may appeal to a Magistrates' court or in Scotland to the sheriff against:

  • any condition attached to a licence or any variation or cancellation of a condition
  • the refusal to approve the transfer of a licence
  • a zoo closure direction
  • enforcement steps relating to any unmet condition

The appeal must be brought within 28 days from the date on which the licence holder receives written notification of the authority's decision as to the relevant matter.