Licensing for your Business

If you operate a certain type of business you may need to obtain a licence from your local authority.  Examples of businesses requiring a licence include taxi companies, pet shops and boarding kennels, scrap metal dealers, tattooists, acupuncturists, street traders and massage parlours.  

You will need to obtain a licence before you start operating.  If you are not sure whether you require one you can use this licence finder tool on the GOV.UK website.  Alternatively, speak to Worcestershire Business Central today for advice on what to do next.

Why your business needs to be licensed

There are several reasons why certain businesses require a licence, however the principal ones are:


To identify your business and the work it carries out


To reassure consumers that you are a legitimate business


To protect the health and safety of members of the public


To prevent crime and disorder

Failure to obtain a licence, or breaching the law could result in heavy fines or your business premises being shut down.

Licensing in Worcestershire

Worcestershire Regulatory Services (WRS) undertake the licensing function on behalf of the licensing authority, including administration, regulation and enforcement.  They can deal with licensing and registration for a wide range of different businesses and also operate licensing surgeries across the county where you can meet with officers on certain days to discuss any aspects of licensing.

For more information, please visit their website or call the WRS team on 01905 822799.

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