Licences and permits applications

Apply for a licence or permit

You should always ensure you have the relevant licences or permits before beginning your business venture. Licence applications can take some time, up to a year in some cases.

To apply, find the correct licence from our list and return the completed application pack.

Each type of licence provides information on

  • who should apply
  • timescales involved
  • cost of licence application
  • standard conditions attached to a licence. 

Apply for a licence or permit

Renewing a licence

Remember you cannot apply to renew a licence after it has expired.

If your licence is due for renewal over a weekend or a public holiday, you must submit an application form with the application fee by the close of business on the Friday before the weekend or the last business day before the public holiday. 

If your category of licence can be renewed on GOV.UK, submit your application and have the payment confirmed before midnight on the day your licence is due to expire.

Please note that the customer hub is closed and we cannot accept paper application forms, postal application forms, cash or cheque payments. We are only accepting online or electronic licence application forms and payments.

If you do not have access to a scanner, there are several scanning apps available to download which will allow you to take pictures of paper documents and convert them into one PDF containing multiple pages.  The most frequently used are Microsoft Lens and Adobe Scan, both of which are free to download 

Our telephone payment line is now closed and we are unable to accept application forms by email however, you can now upload your completed application form and make a payment using our form below.

Upload a form and make payment

Before you attach your completed form or any other documents, please make sure that the image is clear and can be easily read.  If we cannot read your document properly, it may prevent the processing of your application. Please also ensure that all scanned documents or images are the correct way up and in the correct order, and that you email your document as one attachment, not as individual pages

Civic and miscellaneous licensing privacy notice

Download our privacy notice for civic and miscellaneous licensing (PDF, 290KB)

Licensing - general enquiries

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 8.30am to 5pm, Tuesday 10am to 5pm and Friday 8.30am to 3.55pm.

Telephone: 0131 529 4208

Fax: 0131 529 4207