Licensing policies and registers

Find out about licensing fees and charges, licensing public notices, licensing registers and licensing policies.

Licensing in North Lincolnshire

Coronavirus update:

Office opening times: please email or telephone before making a special journey to our offices. Opening times may have changed or appointments may need to be made. You may still contact the Technical Hub with any licensing enquiries by calling 01724 297000 or by email at licensing@northlincs.gov.uk

You may continue to make payments for applications or other fees via BACS, by post cheque payable to ‘North Lincolnshire Council’ or via our online forms where available. As a replacement service for face-to-face appointments, for the time being you may also make payment over the phone.

Important Notice for Gambling permits and licences: Please note as per the requirements of the Gambling Act 2005, you are still required to make annual payments prior to the anniversary of the licence. Failure to do so may result in revocation of said licence.

We are continuously reviewing the situation and will adjust accordingly should the situation change.

Please refer to national guidance to ensure whether you are legally allowed to operate your business during the crisis, or if you are entitled to financial support.

Our current fees and charges are available in Licensing charges 2020 [XLS, 18Kb].

Please note: If a refund is requested, only the licence fee element of the payment will be considered. Please refer to the licensing charges for a breakdown of the fees. In the case of taxi drivers, the whole application fee minus the DBS fee will be considered.

Pay fees and charges by bank transfer

Payment can also be made via a BACS bank transfer to the following account:

  • Bank: Barclays Bank, 81 High Street, Scunthorpe, DN15 6LZ
  • Sort code: 20-76-30
  • Account number: 83416593

Please quote your details in the reference, followed by the surname of the applicant.

Please confirm via email to licensing@northlincs.gov.uk once the payment has been made, confirming the date of payment and full reference quoted. Failure to provide confirmation may result in delays in processing your payment.

Apply by post

If you wish to apply by post, please submit your application, supporting documents to Licensing Department, PO Box 42, Church Square House, Scunthorpe, DN15 6XQ. Any cheques must be crossed and made payable to ‘North Lincolnshire Council’.

Annual maintenance fee

You can pay your annual maintenance fee for the following here:

  • Premises Licences or Club Premises Certificates issued under the Licensing Act 2003
  • Lottery registration under the Gambling Act 2005

Each year a maintenance fee is due for premises licences or club premises certificates issued under the Licensing Act 2003 or premises licences and lotteries under the Gambling Act 2005 on the anniversary of the licence/registration.

We will send out renewal letters as a reminder of when the payment is due.

It is important to make payment as soon as possible, on or before the due date. If the annual fee is not paid when it is due we may suspend the licence or cancel the registration.

Fees for Premises Licences and Club Premises Certificates are determined by banding of the Non-Domestic Rateable Value (NDRV) of the premises. The payable fee for each band is set by the Licensing Act 2003 (Fees) Regulations 2005.


We are carrying out the statutory consultation on the Statement of Principles  [PDF, 518Mb] and the Statement of Licensing Policy [PDF, 493Kb] and all comments should be emailed to licensing@northlincs.gov.uk for the attention of Nick Bramhill.

There are several policies in place to guide us when we consider licence applications.

These policies can also help applicants when considering applying for a licence.

Licensing policy (Licensing Act 2003)

The licensing policy will guide us when we consider licence applications covering:

  • Provision of regulated entertainment
  • Retail sale of alcohol
  • Performance of a play
  • Showing of a film
  • Indoor sporting events
  • Boxing or wrestling
  • Provision of refreshment between 11pm and 5am
  • Supply of alcohol by or on behalf of a club to a member or their guest

Licensing Policy [PDF, 570 KB]

Gambling policy

The statement of principles will guide us when we consider licence applications covering:

  • Adult gaming centres
  • Betting (including tracks)
  • Bingo
  • Casinos
  • Family entertainment centres
  • Gaming machine/prize gaming permits
  • Temporary use notices
  • Occasional use notices
  • Registration of small lotteries

Gambling Policy 2018 [PDF, 602 KB]

Cumulative policy

North Lincolnshire Council, acting as the licensing authority, has a duty to comply with its obligations under Section 17 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 and the Licensing Act 2003 in respect of Crime and Disorder.

Cumulative Impact Policy [PDF, 552 KB]

Sex establishment policy

Recent changes brought about by the Police and Crime Act 2009 now provide additional regulatory powers to local authorities in respect of sex establishments.

Previous legislation permitted the regulation of sex shops and sex cinemas but made no provision for the regulation of adult entertainment venues providing entertainment that includes lap dancing, pole dancing, striptease or other similar activities.

The change in the law means that such adult entertainment venues are now included within the classification of a Sex Establishment.

Sex Establishment Policy [PDF, 9MB]

Street Trading, Activities and Collections Policy

The Street Trading, Activities and Collections Policy will guide us when we consider applications covering:

  • Street trading
  • Street collections
  • House to house collections
  • Highways Act 1980 (provisions of information and tables and chairs)
  • Street activities

Street Trading, Activities and Collections Policy [PDF, 10 MB]

Taxi policy

The primary legislation relating to Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing is contained in the Town Police Clauses Act 1847 and the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976.

The aim of the policy is to ensure the safety and welfare of the population who live and work in North Lincolnshire, while recognising the importance of the businesses to the local economy.

Taxi Licensing Policy [PDF, 2 MB]

Testing and Inspection Standard [PDF, 971 KB]

Guidance on determining the suitability of applicants and licensees in the hackney and private hire trades – May 2018 [PDF, 778 KB]

Local government have recently issued statutory guidelines for licensing authorities, highlighting a set of agreed minimum standards following consultation with national trade and regulatory bodies. These standards have been adopted by North Lincolnshire Council; where standards differ between the Licensing Policy and adopted guidance, the Council will apply the most stringent requirements.

Scrap metal policy

The aim of this policy is to set out how we will regulate and deal with applications for Scrap Metal Dealers issued in accordance with the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013.

This policy will guide us when we applications for both site and collectors licences.

Scrap Metal Policy [PDF, 307 KB]

Enforcement policy

The Enforcement Policy provides guidance to officers, businesses and the general public on the range of options that are available to achieve compliance with legislation enforced by North Lincolnshire Council Technical and Environment Services.

Our primary objective is to achieve regulatory compliance. We recognise that prevention is better than cure, but where it becomes necessary to take formal action against a business, or member of the public, we will do so. There is a wide range of tools available to us as an enforcement agency, with prosecution being the most serious. We will always choose an enforcement method that is relevant and proportionate to the offence or contravention. We will also take account of an individual’s or a business’s past history when making our decision.

The policy is built around a process of escalation. We will only prosecute in circumstances where a defendant had acted wilfully and where their actions are likely to cause material loss or harm to others, or where they have ignored or are likely to ignore, written warnings or formal notices, endangered, to a serious degree, the health, safety or well being of people, animals or the environment, or assaulted or obstructed an officer in the course of their duties.

 Operations Enforcement policy-2019-20 [PDF, 106KB]

Business Compliance and Support Policy

Business Compliance and Support Policy [PDF, 468 KB]

Licensing policies for consultation

We are not consulting on any new or amended policies at this time.

Comments on revised policies can be made in writing to:


Licensing Department
PO Box 42
Church Square House
DN15 6XQ

North Lincolnshire Council has a statutory duty to produce Public Notices for current applications made under the Licensing Act 2003 for new premises licences and variations.

Also listed are notices for current applications under the Highways Act 1980 for Highways Authorisations and applications made under the Gambling Act 2005.

If you would like to contact the Licensing Division regarding the content of the notices, please email licensing@northlincs.gov.uk or by writing to Licensing Department, PO Box 42, Church Square House, Scunthorpe, DN15 6XQ.

Licensing Act 2003:

Highways Act 1980:

  • Costa, 9 Wrawby Street, Brigg, North Lincolnshire DN20 8JH [PDF 143KB]

Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982:

  • No applications

Gambling Act 2005:

  • No applications

Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976:

  • No applications

Business and Planning Act 2020 – Pavement Licences:

  • No applications

We have a legal duty to have licensing registers available to the public. These registers detail who holds a licence. In some cases the start and expiry date is included.

In August 2014 the Government introduced regulations which require the publication of decisions by officers for non-executive functions where they are for an authorisation, licence or where it affects the rights of an individual.

The adoption of the Openness of Local Government Bodies Regulations in August 2014 changed the requirements placed on local authorities in regard to reporting decisions taken under delegated authority by officers.

Prior to the new regulations, officers were required only to produce a report on decisions taken under authority delegated to them under the Authority’s Executive powers.

The requirement has now been extended all decisions, whether made by an officer or on behalf of another committee/sub-committee or joint committee, in which the council participates. This applies where the decision has been delegated to an officer, either under a specific delegation or under a general authorisation.

A summary of all decisions made by officers for licences, registrations, permits and consents issued are detailed in ‘List of Determined Licences’.

Licensing Act 2003 registers:

Taxi registers:

Cooling towers register:

Cooling Towers [XLSX, 29 Kb]

Scrap metal register:

The Scrap Metal Dealers’ Act 2013 requires the Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales to maintain a public register of scrap metal dealer licenses in England and Wales. Visit the Environment Agency website to view the electronic public registers of Scrap Metal Dealers, Waste Carrier Licences and Environmental Permits.

Gambling Act 2005 register:

Animal welfare register:

List of determined licenses:

01724 297000

Licensing Department
PO Box 42
Church Square House
DN15 6XQ