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Licensing your business

Medway Council's Licensing Unit licence and enforce the following:

  • Licensed Premises - Licensing Act 2003
  • Taxis - Town Police Clauses Act 1847 and Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976
  • Gambling - Gambling Act 2005
  • Charity Collections - Police, Factories, etc. (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1916, House to House Collections Act 1939 and House to House Collections Regulations 1947  
  • Scrap Metal - Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013
  • Street Trading - Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982
  • Pleasure Boats - Public Health Acts Amendment Act 1907
  • Sex Establishments - Under Schedule 3 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 as amended by Policing and Crime Act 2009
  • Stage Hypnotism - Hypnotism Act 1952

The licensing unit can provide advice on procedures in applying for licences, permits and making payments

Policies being amended by Licensing

Information and guidance on the consultation process on the relevant policy changes

Proposed legislation changes

Information and guidance regarding proposed legislation changes.


Members of the public should always remain alert to the danger of terrorism and report any suspicious activity to the police on 999 or the anti-terrorist hotline: 0800 789 321.

This is a campaign to inform the public about the terrorism threat; what is being done to tackle it; how communities can help us, and offering practical advice about how to stay safe and be vigilant to the threat from terrorism whether at home, in business or online. The current threat level.

The UK faces a real threat from terrorism and crowded places remain an attractive target. The documents below provide guidance on increasing the protection of crowded places from a terrorist attack. There is general guidance as well as guides for specific sectors.

Information on the licensing web pages

Legislation and procedures may change over time and the information given is based on the information available at the current time. It is not necessarily comprehensive and will be subject to revision in the event of further government guidance and regulations. This advice is not intended to be a definitive guide to, nor a substitute for the relevant law.

Medway Council is under a duty to protect the public funds it administers and to this end may use the information you have provided on your applications for the prevention and detection of fraud. It may also share this information with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds for these purposes.

For more information phone: Licensing Services - 01634 306000 or email: licensing@medway.gov.uk