Three Rivers District Council is responsible for issuing and enforcing a wide range of licences, permits, consents, and registrations. 
Licensing: Contact Us

Please Note: As of the 1st June 2018 Three Rivers District Council will no longer be accepting cash or cheque payments for any applications.If you wish to submit applications by post you will need make payment over the phone by calling 01923 776611. Alternatively if you are coming into our offices to submit an application, payment by card only can be made in our reception.

Payments for Sundry Invoices can be made via BACS -  The Council’s bank details are Account name: Three Rivers District Council, Sort code 30-97-07 and Account 00912478. On any payment you must quote your reference number which appears on your invoice (10 digits in length beginning with 7) Alternatively payment for an invoice can be made by using our On-line Payment System


Current Licensing Consultations
Please click here to view any current consultations taking place.

Hackney Carriage (Taxi) and Private Hire Licensing
Any Hackney Carriages (taxis) or private hire vehicles (minicabs) that wish to operate in Three Rivers must be licenced by us. Separate licences will be required for vehicles, drivers and operating companies.
Private Hire Operator Licence

Complaints about taxi or private hire drivers, vehicles or operators
Please see our complaints page

Alcohol and Entertainment Licensing
Individuals or organisations which provide certain licensable activities, such as selling alcohol, providing regulated entertainment, or supplying
late-night refreshment, must hold licences to authorise these activities, under the Licensing Act 2003.
Where these activities are intended to take place within Three Rivers District, we are responsible for issuing the licences needed by organisers. 
If you wish to hold a small, ad hoc event which will include sale by retail of alcohol, provision of regulated entertainment and/or the provision of late night refreshment then you must apply for a temporary event notice (TEN)
About the Act
Download the current list of Responsible Authorities here:
Public registers for Licensing Act 2003 are available to view here:

Gambling and Lotteries
You will need to apply for a gambling licence or permit if you wish to operate any of the following:
Small society lotteries - this licences charities and small societies to hold raffles and lotteries
Gambling Premises - such as bingo halls, betting shops
Gaming - including gaming machines and club gaming, e.g. fruit machines in a pub, bridge clubs etc

Charitable Collections
Anyone who intends to collect money or other property in public places for charitable purposes must be licensed by us. The aim of this is to ensure that genuine charities benefit from such collections, and that members of the public are not caught out by dishonest or fruadulant collectors.
To view who has been granted a licence to carry out collections in our district please view our register:
Annual Diary of Licensed Collections 

Street Trading
You will need a street trading license to sell goods and services on the public highway, including the pavement or any other area (not within a permanenetly enclosed premises). Market stalls, ice-cream vans, burger vans etc all need licensing.

Scrap Metal Dealers
Any person who carries on a business as a scrap metal dealer in Three Rivers District needs to be licenced by us.


Licenses and consents administered by other departments or organisations
There are a number of types of licence and registrations that the Licensing Department do not deal with. Please see below for more information
  • Door supervision and security licences  -  The Security Industry Authority (SIA) is responsible for licensing all individuals and companies working in the security industry, including door supervisors and security guards.
  • Performing rights licences  -  Businesses playing music may need to obtain licences from the Performing Rights Society (who license organisations to play, perform or make available copyright music) and Phonographic Performance Limited (who licence the playing recorded music and/or music videos in public). If you are showing copyrighted films in public, you will usually need a licence from the film's distributor. Many studios are represented by distributors such as the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation or Filmbank Media, who issue both single screening licences and annual licences. The British Film Institute also distributes a variety of classic films, including in specialist formats.

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