We will only issue one year duration licences to new retailers with no inspection or enforcement history.
If you wish to apply for a longer licence, please note that we will take a proportionate, risk-based approach to your application that recognises the nature of your business and the likely lifetime of the licensed site, for example pop-up shops and freehold retail.
Factors that we will consider:
new retailer with no inspection or enforcement history - we will consider extending the period of your licence at renewal
new site where the duty holder can demonstrate robust safety management systems and/or has a good history of compliance at another licensed site - we will expect to grant the licence for the period requested by the applicant (up to the 5 year maximum)
existing site with a mixed or poor history of compliance (but where the site and person remains fit) - we will consider granting a licence for a short period
site with history of regularly requiring advice, where minor breaches have been identified at inspection, or that has, for example, a high (relevant) staff turnover - we will consider granting the licence for a period of less than 5 years