Do you need a licence? Many business activities are subject to licensing or registration. Most of these are administered by district or borough councils.

We are a licensing authority for the following activities:

Animal movement

All movements of cattle, deer, sheep, goats and pigs are controlled by a general licence.

Performing animals

If you show or train animals for public performance you will need to register with us.

Storing fireworks (and certain other explosives)

Most premises used for the storage of fireworks require an explosives licence. Premises at which certain other explosives are kept may also be subject to explosives licensing.

For more details about storing fireworks and other explosives and to download an explosives licence application form, see our explosives licence page.

Selling fireworks throughout the year

Fireworks may only be supplied during permitted periods of the year, unless the supplier holds an annual licence permitting the sale of fireworks at other times. This is a separate and additional requirement to holding an explosives storage licence.

Petroleum spirit

We are the petroleum enforcement authority for the county and we're responsible for issuing petroleum storage certificates to petrol filling stations and private sites where petroleum is kept for dispensing into vehicles.

A person keeping petrol under certain other storage arrangements may need to hold a licence for that purpose.

Find out more about the services carried out by Trading Standards.

Public highway licenses

We issue licenses for skips, scaffolds, hoardings and building materials on the public highway. We also issue licenses for road closures, temporary traffic lights and street cafés.

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