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Knife dealer licence

A Knife Dealer Licence is required if you wish to carry on business as a dealer in certain types of knives (generally "non-domestic" knives), swords, blades or sharply pointed articles.

View the  guidance note on knife dealers licences (PDF) [27KB]  for more information on which articles require a licence and exemptions.

If you are a current licence holder and wish to vary your licence, please view the Guidance note for a material change in circumstances (PDF) [3KB]  and complete the Material Change in Circumstances application form (PDF) [119KB] . The application fee is £70.

How do I apply?

Apply online

If you have difficulty applying online please contact the Licensing Department on (01738) 475180.

How much does a licence cost?

The application fee payable depends on the length of licence that you want.  A one year licence is £260 and a three year licence is £311.  Please note that the fee for a Knife Dealer (Fairs only) is £66.

The fees change every year so check with the licensing office before you send payment.

What happens if the Council fails to make a decision on my application within 9 months?

The licence will be granted or renewed.

Last modified on 23 November 2023

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