Do I need a licence?

Find out if your business needs a licence and how you can apply for one.

Alcohol, late night or entertainments

Yes - see our page on alcohol and entertainment licences

Taxi or private hire 

Yes - see our page on taxi licences

Boarding establishment for dogs or cats, breeding of dogs, pet shops, horse riding establishment, dangerous animals or a zoo

Yes - see our page on animal licences

Street Trading

Yes - see our page on street trading

Gambling or lotteries

Yes - see our page on gambling licences

Caravan site

Yes - see our page on other licences

Hairdresser

No - The Deregulation and Contracting Out Act 1994 has eliminated the need for hairdressers to be registered.

Acupuncture, ear piercing, body piecing, Electrolysis and tattooing

Yes - See our page on other licences

House to house collections

Yes - See our page on street and house collections

Markets and Market stalls

No - South Cambridgeshire does not currently manage any markets within its district.

Massage and special treatments

No - In some areas, a licence is required for any premises in which the following treatments are carried out: aromatherapy, EVR (sunbed), steam, sauna, manicure, pedicure, shiatsu, reflexology, colour therapy, GS, and hydrotherapy. (Except where the premises is under the control of a medical practitioner). However, South Cambridgeshire District Council does not currently licence this activity.

Public Auctions

No - South Cambridgeshire District Council does not licence premises for public auctions.

Scrap metal and motor salvage

Yes - See our page on scrap metal and motor salvage

Second-hand goods

No - South Cambridgeshire District Council does not licence premises for public auctions.

Street Cafes

No - Under the Highways Act 1980 permission is required from the local authority to place furniture on pavements - other legislation may apply depending on the premises.  South Cambridgeshire District Council does not currently licence premises that place seats or tables on the public highway, however persons wishing to sell food or drink from a public highway may require a street trader consent licence.

Street Collections

Yes - See our page on street and house collections

Sex Establishment

Yes - See our page on other licences

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