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Stockton Council is responsible for the issue of a wide variety of business licences and permits.

For more information and making online applications please follow the links below.  


Food and drink related applications and permits

A food business is required by law to register with the local Environmental Health service. For more information and how to register see Environmental Health web page  

Street Cafe Licence

For more information about placing tables, chairs or other temporary furniture on the highway (roads and pavements) within Stockton Borough see Street cafe's, A boards and shop displays 

Club Licences

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

Personal Licences

If an individual wants to supply alcohol or authorise the sale of alcohol within a licenced premises they must have a personal licence.  

Premises Licence

A Premise Licence can be applied for to permit one or more of the licensable activities under the Licensing Act 2003.

Taxi and public transport related applications and permits

Private hire and hackney carriage drivers licence

Persons wishing to drive Private Hire or Hackney Carriage Vehicles must first hold the appropriate licence from the local authority.  

Private hire and hackney carriage vehicle licence

Vehicles to be used for public or private hire purposes must be licenced by the local authority and can only be driven by licenced hackney carriage or private hire drivers. A private hire business must also have an operator licence. 

Vehicles are required to meet certain standards e.g. colour, emissions, seating capacities etc.  

Private hire operator licence

Any person who operates Private Hire Vehicles must apply to the Local Authority for a Private Hire Operators Licence.


Town Centre and trading related applications and permits

Street Trading Consent

The sale of goods from consent streets within the borough of Stockton on Tees requires a prior consent to do so.  

Application to set up a display in the street

To place advertising boards or display on the highway (roads and pavements) within the Stockton Borough you will need a licence from Stockton Council. For more information and how to apply application see Applications for a licence for advertising boards 

Application for a buskers licence

If you wish to perform in Stockton Town Centre (performances include busking) you should apply for a Busker's Licence no later than ten working days before you would like to perform. For more information and how to apply for a licence see busker's licence link. 

Market Stall Licence / Casual Trader Permit

If you would like to trade at one of our open markets in Stockton, Billingham or Thornaby you will need to apply to trade as a casual trader prior to being granted an open market licence. For further information and how to apply see Traditional Markets web page. 

Street Collections

Persons wishing to collect money or sell articles for the benefit of charitable or other purposes from a street will require a permit.  The term street includes any footpath, highway or public place. 

Fireworks and explosives registration

Any person planning to keep explosives such as fireworks, safety cartridges or vehicle airbag detonators is required by law to have a current registration or licence.  

Fireworks sales

Any person intending to supply or expose for supply fireworks all year round requires a fireworks licence. 

Sex shop / Cinema Licence

Sex Establishments are required to be licensed under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982.   A sex establishment can either be a Sex Shop, a Sex Cinema or a Sexual Entertainment Venue. 

Occasional Sales

If you intend to hold an occasional sale in the Borough of Stockton or if you intend to permit such an event to be held in premises which you occupy (or on a site adjoining) within the Borough of Stockton you must supply certain information to Stockton Licensing not less than 21 days before the sale.


Temporary Event applications and permits

Temporary event application

If you wish to hold an occasional event that involves the sale of alcohol or the provision of entertainment not covered by an existing premise licence or club certificate you must apply for a temporary event notice. 

For more information see Licensing web page  


Housing Related applications and permits

Homes in multiple occupation

If you rent out a property as a house in multiple occupancy, you may require a licence from your local authority.  For more information and how to apply for a licence see Houses in multiple occupancy link 

No cold calling scheme application

The aim of these zones is to reduce the number of bogus callers, distraction burglaries and rogue traders operating in your area.


Civil Marriages and partnerships related applications and permits

Premises applications

To hold a civil ceremony or wedding at premises in England or Wales, the premises must be approved by the local authority.


Sports and Leisure related applications and permits

Pleasure Boats

To hire out water-bound pleasure crafts (including sailboards, rowing boats, canoes, motor boats, pedallos and larger boats) that are for personal use or carrying passengers, you need a licence. You must not carry more passengers than you are licenced to carry.  To operate such crafts you are required to be licenced as a boatman. 


Animals related applications and permits

Animal Boarding

To run a boarding kennel or cattery, you need a licence from your local authority.  The number of dogs and cats that may be accommodated will be specified on the licence along with other specific conditions.

Pet Shop Licences

To run a business selling pet animals you need a licence from the local authority. This includes all commercial selling of pet animals, including pet shops and businesses selling animals over the internet.  

Riding Establishments

To run a riding establishment (where horses or ponies are hired out for riding or used for riding instruction  

Dog Breeding establishments

To run a Dog Breeding Establishment you will require a licence from your local authority.  The number of dogs that may be kept on the establishment will be specified on the licence along with other specific conditions.    

Zoo Licences

To run a zoo, you need a licence from the local authority. The licence may be subject conditions to ensure the proper conduct of the zoo.  

Performing Animals

Any person who exhibits or trains any performing (vertebrate) animal must be registered with a local authority. 

Dangerous Wild Animals Licence

The keeping of certain species of wild animals is controlled by the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976. No person may keep any dangerous wild animal without first obtaining a licence from us. 


Personal and beauty treatment applications and permits

Acupuncture, tattooing, piercing and electrolysis registration

The Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 and Local Government Act 2003 requires that to offer skin-piercing treatments - including tattooing, acupuncture, cosmetic piercing (ear and body) and electrolysis - both the person performing the treatment and the premises must be registered with the Local Authority.   

Hairdressers registration

It is now an offence to operate a barbers or hairdressing establishment, or to act as a hairdresser without first becoming registered with your local authority.  

Hypnotism Permits

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


Environmental related applications and permits

Environmental permitting

You must have an environmental permit if you operate a regulated facility. A regulated facility includes:

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

Scrap Metal Dealer

To be a scrap metal dealer, you need to register with your local authority. 

Motor Salvage Operator

Motor Salvage Operators will not be permitted to carry out their business unless they have registered with the local Council. It is an offence to operate a motor salvage business that has not been registered. 

Weighbridge operator

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

For more information about licences and how to apply for one see the Trading Standards web page