Commercial licensing solicitors you can rely on
Give your application the best chances of success. Optimal Solicitors will guide you through the process, making sure you comply – both now and in the future.
Submit your application with confidence
Licensing is essential for many organisations, but that doesn’t make them any less complicated. If there are any issues or a breach of licence, you could have bigger legal problems on your hands, including banning, blacklisting, fines, and even imprisonment.
Our team of business licensing solicitors are best placed to help you through the process. We know what regulators and licensing authorities expect from applications, and how to manage your licensing responsibilities. We’ll sort things on your behalf, helping to reduce risk for your company.
We’ve helped thousands, like you, get the best outcome
What type of organisations need a business licence?
Believe it or not, most businesses require some sort of business licence. It’s not just those selling alcohol or food – the likes of childminders, accountants, hairdressers, and even window cleaners need a specific licence to carry out their activities.
Licences can be granted through a local authority or professional trade association, depending on the kind of business.
How do I find out if I need a business licence?
Think about your organisation and its activities. It may help to understand the core purposes of a business licence, and consider whether these apply to you:
- To protect the health and safety of the public and any staff
- To promote best practice
- To guarantee that the business is liable for its actions
- To track finances in relation to tax
If you’re still unsure, use the government’s licence finder. It could also be worth talking to your local authority or a solicitor to be certain.
What’s the process for applying for a business licence?
This depends on the type of licence. Once you know which one you need, speak to your local authority to get the relevant application and forms. A solicitor can help you fill these in, boosting the likelihood of it being approved.
Why do I need commercial licensing solicitors?
Licensing applications take a great deal of time and contain complex legal terminology. Solicitors can help break this down, so you know what the process involves. We can also help with other aspects of the application – from providing additional information and checking it complies with regulations to handling any objections.
How do I apply for a licence to sell alcohol?
Firstly, you need to know which licence you require. There are three main types of licence related to selling alcohol:
- Premises licence – For any organisation selling or supplying alcohol on a permanent basis
- Personal licence – For anyone selling or supplying alcohol, or authorising the sale or supply of alcohol
- Club premises certificate – For qualifying members’ clubs (like the Royal British Legion and working men’s clubs) that plan to sell or supply alcohol
After figuring out the licence you need, you’ll have to fill in an application form and send it to your local council. This will cost you a specific fee, which you can often find on your council’s website.
Get the best shot at application success
We’ll handle your application and any issues. Speak to the Optimal Solicitors team for a free initial consultation today.