Here you will find information and forms for other Northumberland County Council licenses and permits.
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Your food business may require approval if you intend to use ‘unprocessed products of animal origin', e.g. fresh meat, raw minced meat, raw milk and eggs, to produce any or a combination of the following (subject to approval under regulation (EC) no. 853/2004):
There are a number of requirements which need to be followed and businesses cannot operate until their food operation has been approved by this authority.
The approval process requires you put in place procedures to manage food safety, and these procedures are based on hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP) principles.
The HACCP principles are:
HACCP also establishes:
Before implementing your system, a prerequisite programme should be in place. Consider aspects such as sanitation, training, waste management and pest control.
Once you have put these prerequisites in place, a process workflow for each of your products is advised. This requires you to think about where the raw materials will be stored and managed, stock control and rotation, avoiding raw materials coming into contact with processed products and where the finished product will be stored after production.
If you think your proposed food business may need approval, please contact us to arrange a visit. There may need to be a planned programme in order to achieve approval and employees may need to gain further training proportionate to the size and nature of the business.
An approval application form will be sent or can be completed online via our online application form.
There will be other information required to be sent with the completed form.
This will include the (proposed) arrangements for:
You are also required to have received adequate training in the application of HACCP principles, and for you and your staff to have been instructed or trained in food hygiene matters. If you are unable to find where to receive this training, please contact us as we may be able to direct you to the appropriate trainer.
Once your business is approved, the council will issue your establishment with a unique approval number, which makes up part of the standard identification mark. This must be applied to your products and documentation.
The Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960 prohibits the use of land as a caravan site without a licence, and Northumberland County Council are responsible for the licencing in this county.
This includes sites that are used for the purposes of touring caravans, static caravans and caravan sites that are used for permanent residential accommodation – also called park homes.
A licence authorises, in accordance with planning consent, the site owner to position caravans intended for the purpose of occupation on any land.
It will set conditions that cover a wide variety of health and safety standards relating to the site, including:
Each caravan site should display a copy of their current licence and its conditions, including the spacing between caravans, the provision of roadways and fire points.
For existing caravan parks, all applicable conditions will be attached to the site licence.
The Secretary of State sometimes publishes model standards representing what is normally expected as good practice on caravan sites. They do not replace existing conditions but should be considered when applying licence conditions to new sites, sites that have been substantially redeveloped, and when considering variations to existing licences.
If a current licence condition is adequate, the authority will not normally apply the new standard. If a new standard is to be applied, the local authority should be able to justify its reasons for doing so regarding the circumstance of the site. It will also state the benefit the standard will achieve and what the interests are to both residents and site owners, including the cost of compliance to the new condition.
For further information, please visit this website.
The list below shows the six privately owned permanent residential sites in Northumberland, accommodating more than 200 park homes. There are a number of other sites that have a permit for one or two residential units but these are not listed.
Name and address of park
Rose Park Caravan Site
Northumberland, NE23 7TL
Pinewood Grove at Yont the Cleugh Caravan Park
Blenkinsopp Home Park
Bridge End Caravan Park
Ord House Caravan Park
The View at TreeTops Residential Lodge Park
The council’s current licence conditions cover matters such as:
Sites are inspected on an annual basis to ensure:
The Mobile Homes Act came into effect on 1 April 2014 and was designed to give greater protection to occupiers of residential mobile homes. There are provisions within the act that are aimed at raising standards in the industry and delivering a more professional service to homeowners.
There is also more effective enforcement action that can be taken against site operators who do not comply with their licence obligations. This includes compliance notices to deal with these breaches, and will:
The following rules are for all licensed mobile home sites, except those where the occupier rents their mobile home from the site owner or where the mobile home is not legally allowed to be occupied all year round, such as a holiday park.
Most mobile homes sites have rules that are prepared by the site owner for the benefit of both owners and residents, ensuring acceptable standards are maintained. However, to ensure residents are able to exercise their rights, all existing site rules ceased to have effect from February 2015.
Site owners now need to follow a legal process of consulting their residents about the new site rules they wish to introduce. If residents do not agree with these, they can appeal the decision to a tribunal.
There are some laws that will govern what can and cannot be included in site rules. Once the rules have been agreed they must be given to the local authority, and we will publish them on our website.
Northumberland County Council does not have any enforcement powers to object site rules. Please seek legal advice if you disagree with rules in place for your site.
Please see below for our current list and for more information, please read our questions and answers on changes to site rules procedure.
Name and Address of Site
Bridgend Caravan Park, South Road,
Wooler, NE71 6QG
Click here to view rules
Ord House Caravan Park, East Ord,
Wooler, Northumberland, TD15 2NS
Yont the Cleugh, Coanwood,
Haltwhistle, NE49 0QN, Pinewood Grove Home Park
Blenkinsopp Castle Home Park Estate, Greenhead,
Carlisle, Cumbria, CA6 7JS
Mountgate Caravans, Silver Carrs Residential site,
Low Hauxley, Northumberland, NE65 0JR
Site rules will be available soon
The View at Treetops, Treetops West, Whittingham,
Alnwick, NE65 4RG
Click here to view rules
To submit a form either email it to email@example.com or post it to the following address:
Northumberland County Council
West Hartford Fire Station
West Hartford Business Park
To apply for a child employment licence or read the information guide, download the documents below.
Applications for a child entertainment licence need to be made 21 days before a performance for processing to take place.
Click the documents below for application forms for child entertainers and a guide.
Child performance licences are issued by:
Enquiries can be made on 01670 624178. The local authority must be satisfied the arrangements for supervision and protection of the child are adequate.
The law requires children involved in performances must be chaperoned by a licensed person approved by the local authority, unless that person is the child’s parent.
An application to a chaperone can be downloaded below:
Anywhere with cooling towers and evaporative condensers must register with the council under the Notification of Cooling Towers and Evaporative Condensers Regulations 1992 (see information and advice).
The purpose of this is to identify areas that could spread infectious diseases, e.g. Legionella, and to ensure measures are taken to reduce risk.
Please click here for the current register of cooling tower operators in Northumberland.
Please check when you make your application as it depends upon your circumstances.
If the answer is yes:
This means you’ll be able to act as though your application is granted, even if you haven’t heard from the local authority by the end of the target completion period.
If the answer is no:
If you haven’t heard from the council within a reasonable period, please contact us.
When do I register?
Anyone starting a new food business must register with their local authority at least 28 days before opening.
Is there a charge?
There is no charge for registration and local authorities cannot refuse to register premises.
What happens once I've registered?
Once a registration form has been received, the premises and food handling activities will be inspected to ensure it does not present a health risk to the public and complies with food hygiene law.
Does it run out after a period of time?
Registration does not need periodic renewal. However, it is the responsibility of the proprietor to notify the local authority of any changes in the detail provided.
What happens to my information?
The local authority is required to keep a register, open to inspection by the public, containing the name and address of the food premises concerned and the type of business operated there. Apart from this, the remaining information on the form is confidential.
You must inform us of any changes
Once you have registered, you must keep us informed of change of proprietor, if the nature of the business changes, or if there is a change of the address at which moveable premises are kept. The new proprietor will have to register with us.
Remember, as an employer or self-employed person, you must also comply with health and safety law, and products you sell will be subject to trading standards controls.
The rules are changing if you’re an individual, company or any type of partnership applying for a licence for a:
As of 4 April 2022, you’ll need to complete a tax check if you’re:
You must carry out the tax check yourself. You cannot ask a tax agent or adviser to do this on your behalf. The tax check will ask questions about how you pay any tax that may be due on income you earn from your licensed trade.
After you have completed the tax check you will be given a 9-character tax check code. You will need to give the code on your application to the licensing authority, so they can confirm you have carried out a tax check, the licensing authority will not be able to process your application without it.
You will not be granted a licence if you do not give a tax check code to your licensing authority.
What is a tax check?
A tax check confirms that you’re registered for tax, if necessary. After you complete the tax check, you’ll be given a code. Tax check codes expire after 120 days, so if you make a licence application for another licence after that time, you’ll need to carry out a new tax check for it.
If you’re a partner making a licence application on behalf of a partnership you must complete a tax check for yourself. Your licensing authority will tell you if any other partners also need to complete a tax check.
You can contact HMRC by clicking here if you notice your records need to be updated during the check.
You can use one tax check code for more than one licence application, as long as all the applications are for the same type of licence (for example, they are all for taxi driver licences but with different licensing authorities). If you’re applying for different types of licence (for example, a private hire driver licence and a private hire vehicle operator licence) you must complete a tax check for each one.
What you should do before April 2022
You will need a Government Gateway user ID and password to complete a tax check, so you should make sure you have one before you need to make your licence application. If you do not have a user ID, you can create one by clicking here.
What you’ll need before your renewal application
To carry out a tax check, you need a Government Gateway user ID and password.
You’ll also need to know:
You will not be able to complete the tax check if the information you give about your tax affairs does not match HMRC’s records.
Your licence cannot be renewed if you do not provide a valid tax code with your renewal application.
Please do not contact the licensing authority for further information or queries regarding Government Gateway or tax checks this is a government led requirement the licensing authority cannot help you with this and all information can be found at:
No. It is in the public interest for the authority to process your application before it can be granted.
If you haven’t heard anything within a reasonable period, please contact the local authority either online if you applied through the UK Welcomes service or by:
Commercial fisherman, and local boat and sailing clubs, have already signed up for the scheme. You will have to register if you:
Please download and complete our vehicle registration form.
You will also need to sign the applicable conditions below:
Completed forms and signed conditions can be emailed to Arthur.Cranson@northumberland.gov.uk or posted to the below address:
Northumberland County Council
Education Resource Centre
Phone enquiries to 01670 797323
If you are storing, or proposing to store, petroleum for commercial or retail purposes, you need to apply for a storage certificate.
A storage certificate will allow you to keep an approved quantity of petroleum.
View a list of petroleum products here.
A storage certificate will allow you to keep an approved quantity of petroleum.
“Petroleum” includes any product of crude petroleum that has a flashpoint below 21°C, including petrol, benzene, pentane and any mixture containing these products.
If you store petroleum spirit for dispensing purposes, and are either of the following, you need a storage certificate:
For non-workplace or domestic storage of petrol, a petroleum storage certificate is not required. However, you may still need a non-workplace petroleum licence. This will depend on the individual circumstances of:
In any event, safety requirements must still be met. If you are unsure of whether or not you need a petroleum storage licence, or a petroleum storage certificate, please contact Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service by:
You will need to complete an application form (either online or a hard copy) and provide:
You should have appropriate safety arrangements in place for the safe delivery, storage and dispensing of petrol. We may ask you to provide evidence of these safety arrangements.
We cannot accept online applications to transfer a storage certificate.
If you do not wish to apply online, you can download the relevant application form and return it to us with payment:
Initial application storage certificate
Application for renewal of storage certificate
Please return completed application forms to:
Fire Safety Department
Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service HQ
West Hartford Business Park
Pay for your storage certificate
If you are applying online, you will be able to pay using your credit/debit card. Alternatively, you can pay by:
When we have received your application form, payment and supporting information, we will consider the application and let you know the outcome.
Storage certificates may be granted on an annual basis, up to a maximum of 10 years. Applicants must complete a form to renew their storage certificate.
What to do if your application is unsuccessful
Please contact us on 01670 621140 to discuss your application in the first instance. If an application is refused, applicants do have the right to appeal to the secretary of state.
Modifications to a storage certificate
Once a storage certificate is granted, it may be that in the future changes need to be made. If this happens, then a separate application to modify your certificate will be required (there is no fee associated with this).
If you have any queries about how to apply for a petroleum storage certificate, then please contact the petroleum clerk by:
Petrol storage certificate costs
New certificate/renewal for up to 2,500 litres
New certificate/renewal for up to 50,000 litres
New certificate/renewal for more than 50,000 litres
Storage certificates may be granted on an annual basis, up to a maximum of 10 years.
Prescribed material changes
A prescribed material change must be notified to the petroleum enforcement authority (Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service) at least 28 days before the commencement of any works to affect the change. Where a prescribed material change has been made to a dispensing premises, the petroleum enforcement authority must issue a new storage certificate.
Prescribed material changes include:
Cessation of storage
A person keeping petrol on dispensing premises where a storage certificate is in place must inform Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service before ceasing to occupy the dispensing premises. The notification must be made in writing and must state:
The notification must be given a maximum of six months and a minimum of 28 days before the day on which the person ceases to occupy the dispensing premises.
Notice of leakages, accidents, fire or explosion
The person named on the petroleum storage certificate, or an authorised representative, shall immediately inform Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service of any loss, actual or suspected leakage, accident, fire or explosion involving petroleum-spirit.
Dispensing into containers
Except when a petrol pump or dispenser is being tested for accuracy, or in repairing the installation of any part thereof, petroleum-spirit shall be dispensed only by means of approved equipment into the fuel tanks of internal combustion engines or into approved portable containers (see below).
Unauthorised access to petroleum spirit
The keeper of petrol, or his/her authorised representative, shall prevent unauthorised persons under the age of 16 years from having access to, or operating any equipment associated with petroleum-spirit.
Transfer of a petroleum storage certificate
The petroleum storage certificate now remains with the dispensing premises. A new person, proposing to keep petrol where the regulation applies, must notify Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service before keeping petrol on the premises. The notification must be made in writing and must include:
The notification must be given a maximum of six months and a minimum of 28 days before the day on which the person proposes to keep petrol on the dispensing premises.
Approved portable containers
The new regulations state that petrol can be dispensed into, and stored in, the following approved portable containers:
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An occupier of a premises (not being a workplace) may store up to 30 litres of petroleum spirit without the requirement to inform Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service.
The petroleum can be stored in:
When an occupier of a premises (not being a workplace) wishes to store more than 30 litres (and up to 275 litres) of petroleum spirit, they must notify the Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service in writing, providing the name and address of the occupier and the storage place.
The petroleum can be stored in:
Common storage requirements for these amounts:
Storing more than 275 litres of petroleum spirit in non-workplace premises
The licensing regime is being retained for storage of more than 275 litres of petroleum spirit at non-workplace premises.
If you wish to store more than 275 litres of petroleum spirit at non-workplace premises, you must apply to Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service for a licence.
The licence will specify your name and where the petrol is stored. It can be granted for up to three years and is not transferable. Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service may attach storage conditions to the certificate.
The new regulations state that petrol can be dispensed into and stored in the following approved portable containers:
Please also follow our general safety guidance on how to store petroleum safely:
If you need advice or have any questions about petroleum storage certificates or how to store petroleum safely, please contact Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service by:
If you want to hire out water-bound pleasure crafts for personal use, or to carry passengers, you will need to obtain a licence from the local authority.
Examples of pleasure boats are:
Your licence will state how many passengers you are allowed to carry as well as possible other conditions. It may also be subject to a fee.
Fireworks for private use can only be sold by a registered seller at certain times of the year:
If you wish to apply to sell fireworks during these periods, or renew your licence, please click here to download an application form.
The Regulations also allow that a person wishing to sell adult fireworks outside of the above periods may apply for an annual licence.
Northumberland County Council welcomes applications for these licences. The current fee for this £500 per year.
If you wish to apply for an annual licence or would like to discuss any other matters, please feel free to contact the Trading Standards Service for further information on firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 01670 623870.
When it is necessary to place scaffolding or hoardings on the highway around a place of work, permission is required. This can be obtained from the county council on completion of the scaffold and hoarding application form. You will also need to provide a location plan in line with the guidelines below.
Please submit your completed application to email@example.com
Scaffolding and hoarding must not be erected until permission has been granted.
The cost for a licence to erect either scaffolding or hoarding is £75 for 28 days. The charge for any unlicenced scaffolding or hoarding is £125 for 28 days.
The council has the necessary powers to issue licences for scaffolding; to require erection of hoardings to separate building works from the street; and to ensure hoardings are securely erected. Contravention of these conditions is an offence, under The Highways Act 1980, with maximum fines of:
Copies of the Highways Act 1980 can be purchased from Her Majesty's Stationery Office, and can also be read at County Hall.
If you require any further information, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0345 600 6400.
If you would like information about skip permits, click here.
If you would like information about traffic lights, click here.
Click here for local telephone numbers.
Scrap Metal Dealers Licence fees
Mobile licence - £500
Site licence - £625
Major variation - £150
Minor variation - £75
Please download and complete the scrap metal licence application form.
Tax Check Code
From 4 April 2022, the rules are changing if you’re applying for a licence for a:
You will not need to complete a tax check and you should follow the if you have:
Click here for more information on how to complete a tax check code.
All applicants will need to provide a basic disclosure certificate alongside their application as well as the relevant fee.
You can apply for a Basic Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service here.
We will consult on all applications with Northumbria Police, the Environment Agency, local authorities and relevant internal departments. Send all completed application forms to either:
Northumberland County Council
When placing a builders’ skip or container on the highway, a permit is required.
This permit is available from the county council, at a charge of £22 per skip or container, and is valid for a period of 14 days. Skips placed on the highway, without obtaining a permit, will be charged at £100 per 14 days, then a new licence will need to be applied for at £22 per 14 days thereafter. The Council will contact the skip company on a monthly basis to collect permit fees.
The public highway constitutes the carriageway, grass verge and footway. Please note, builders’ skips and containers can not usually be placed on the footway unless permission is sought from the County Council in advance of the skip being dropped.
Please note that there is a five working day minimum notification period for all skip applications to allow adequate time for the required checks to take place.
Please contact the streetworks team at Northumberland County Council if you require any further information.
Phone 0345 600 6400 or click here for local telephone numbers
Or email email@example.com
These are powers to designate streets for the purpose of the Act and to establish a street trading scheme. It came into effect on the 22 August 2011. This policy sets out how the council intends to control and regulate street trading activities within the administrative area of Northumberland.
Objectives of the Policy
Click here to read our street trading policy
New or Renwal Street Trading Application
Apply for a pedlar's certificate
Click here to apply for a Pedlar's certificate, this will need to be done via Northumbria Police
The premises used for cosmetic treatments must also be registered.
Once you're registered, you'll be issued with a certificate of registration, which should be displayed at your place of work.
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