Business and street trading

Who To Contact

Environmental Health and Consumer Protection Service
Yorkon Building
Archway Road
L36 9FB

Telephone: 0151 443 4712

Fax Number: 0151 443 5438

Email:[email protected]


Due to the current situation with the COVID-19 virus, the council has reviewed all of its licensing processes. As of 5pm on Thursday 19 March 2020, there will no longer be access to a Licensing Counter Service. 

You must obtain a licence from the council if you wish to operate certain business within the borough. These include the following:

Taxi driver licences and private hire licences

To drive or operate a taxi in Knowsley - whether it be a Hackney vehicle or a private hire vehicle - you must make an application to the Licensing Section of Knowsley Council.

There are two separate sections on this website to help you with these applications, please visit:

Street trader licences

Anyone who wishes to sell items from a street stall, vehicle or trailer in Knowsley must obtain a Street Trading Consent from Knowsley Council.

Civil wedding premise licences

If you want your premises licensed to hold civil weddings in Knowsley, you must make an application to the Licensing Section of Knowsley Council.

Charitable collections permits

If you wish to carry out charitable collections within the borough of Knowsley, either house-to-house or in the street, you will need to apply for a permit from Knowsley Council.

Please take a look at these two documents for more information:

In respect of applications for Street Collection Permits, tacit consent applies. Therefore if you have not heard from us after 21 days, your application will be deemed as granted.

In respect of House to House Collections, tacit consent does not apply. It is in the public interest that the council fully considers applications of this nature before granting them.

Please be aware that due to the current outbreak of Coronavirus, some delays will be inevitable and so we would advise the submission of applications with as much notice as possible before the intended collection dates. Exemption holders and those intending to collect direct debit pledges need not apply but are advised to consider the advice provided by the Institute of Fundraising. For further information, please read their Code of Fundraising Practice.


There is a full list of premises registered with Merseyside Fire and Rescue, who are permitted to sell fireworks as of 2 November 2018 - you can view the full list.

Food business establishments

Premises used for a food business must register with the Environmental Health and Consumer Protection Service of Knowsley Council.

Registration allows the council to keep an updated list of all premises within Knowsley so that we can visit them when we need to carry out regular checks.

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