The Council is responsible for issuing a variety of licences, some of which you may need before you can start trading.

These include:

  • businesses which involves selling alcohol or opening late in the evening
  • other business purposes including taxis
  • charitable collections and raffles
  • professions which need to be licensed for safety reasons, such as beauty treatments
  • businesses involving animals

If you’re unsure whether you need a licence for your business, you can use the licence finder on the website or get in touch with us on or 01636 650000.

The licences we issue:

COVID-19: licensing issues

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Business Closure) (England) Regulations 2020, providing coronavirus closure powers came into force immediately from 2pm on Saturday, 21 March 2020.

The regulations were made under Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984.They provide a criminal sanction (unlimited fine) and enforcement powers to ensure the closure of bars, pubs, restaurants, nightclubs, theatres, cinemas, gyms, museums, spas, concert halls, casinos, betting shops, indoor skating rinks and swimming pools and leisure centres. Exclusions include food and drink take-aways, cafes in hospitals, schools, prisons, supplies to homeless, hotel room-service.

View the regulations

Off-sales advice (PDF File, 175kb)

Pre-opening Checklist (PDF File, 119kb)

Keeping workers and customers safe guidance

Track and Trace guidance (PDF File, 536kb)

We're Good To Go Accreditation

A FAQ document has been produced by the trade on current restrictions and the step system. This is a working document which will be updated as new information emerges.

Step system guidance and FAQs

National fraud initiative

The national fraud initiative matches electronic data within and between public and private sector bodies to prevent and detect fraud.

Newark town centre PSPO

Newark town centre is subject to a public space protection order (PDF File, 738kb), making it an offence to consume alcohol on public land within a designated area.

Newark Town Centre - alcohol related controls map (PDF File, 1,827kb)

Licensing policy review

Under the Licensing Act 2003, Newark and Sherwood District Council is required to have a Statement of Licensing Policy.

The Council is also required to review the policy as necessary and at least every five years. This includes the opportunity for the public to comment on the policy.

Our last review was in 2018. For a copy of the changes contact us on or 01636 650000.