Licences and registration

What follows is an overview of key laws regarding licensing and registration that affect small businesses, some of which need specific licences.

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Licences and registration - overview

Some businesses need to register or hold a licence to operate. This summary will help you establish whether you need to register or obtain a licence.

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Licence finder

Before you can start operating certain types of businesses, you must obtain a licence. Use this Licence finder tool on the GOV.UK website.