Apply for a Special Treatment Licence

Licensing Online Applications

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Last updated: 16 April 2024


Here you will find information on how to apply for the following:

  • Grant of a new Special Treatment licence, 
  • Renewal of an existing Special Treatment licence, 
  • Transfer of an existing Special Treatment licence, or
  • Variation of an Special Treatment existing licence

We recommend that you read the Council's Rules Governing Applications and general information before making the application.

Applications can be submitted and paid for on-line or sent to the licensing team by post with your payment. If the application is sent by post you will also need to send a copy of the application to the Police and Fire Authority.

Special Treatment Licence Fee

The licence fee varies depending on the types of treatment being offered and the number of treatment rooms. Please see the list of Licensing Fees to see how much you will have to pay. If applying on line you will need a debit or credit card. We accept MasterCard and Visa credit and debit cards.

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Before you apply for a Special Treatment Licence 

As part of your application, you will need to provide the following

  • the Special Treatment Licence Application Form that is relevant to you.
  • Premises plan (New Grant and Variation applications involving a change to the licensed area)
  • Evidence of planning permission for the proposed use (New Grant and Variation applications involving an extension of hours or an increase in the  licensed area)
  • Copy of the lease/tenancy agreement (New Grant and Transfer applications)
  • Form indicating that the notice of application is displayed at the premises (New Grant and Variation applications involving an extension of hours or an increase in the licensed area)
  • Current inspection certificates for the Electrical Installation, Portable Appliances and, where installed, Fire Alarm and Emergency Lighting (Renewal applications)
  • Licence fees

If you do not have electronic copies, scanned documents are acceptable, providing the relevant information is clear.

If you're unable to provide electronic versions of these documents you can forward copies to the Licensing Team by post after you have submitted your application, however, the processing of your application may be delayed until all relevant documents have been received by the Licensing Team.

After you have applied for a Special Treatment Licence

If you are applying for the grant of a new special treatment licence, or the variation of an existing special treatment licence to extend the operating hours or increase the licensed area, you must now advertise your application by means of a notice displayed at the premises for 28 consecutive days starting within 7 days of the day your application is submitted to the Council. Please contact the licensing team for a copy of the notice to be displayed at the premises.

The consultation period for all applications will finish 28 days after the day the application was received by the Council, or if the application must be advertised, 28 days after the first day the notice was displayed on site, whichever is the latest. We will contact you either during or after the consultation period has ended to let you know the next steps.

If you are applying for the renewal of your licence and you submit your application and fee to the Licensing Team before your current licence expires, you  can continue to operate while your application is being processed even though the date on your licence may have expired.

Last updated: 20 April 2023