Licensing News

We will use this page to publish any upcoming changes in legislation that is relevant to any of the licences we process which include pubs, clubs, taxi vehicles and drivers, gambling, scrap metal and animal welfare. We will also advise of any road closures that we are aware of happening in the Breckland District and any other news items that will be of interest to our clients 

DSA Taxi Driving Tests

The DSA no longer provide the facility to have a taxi driving assessment.  Breckland Council Licensing Team have arranged with Norfolk Road Safety to provide driving assessments on our behalf.

They can be contacted by email on

Online Applications

You are now able to make online applications for certain licences mainly Licensing Act 2003 application via our Public Register on our website

If you have an existing licence with Breckland Council or have had a licence  i.e. TEN with us you will need an activation key. Please email and we will provide you with that key. 

You will still need to send any relevant documents to the Licensing Team at the moment as we are unable to accept them via this service.

SMS Messaging

Can you please ensure that the Licensing Team have your correct mobile phone number as we will are now using SMS messaging.

Free publications for Premises Licence Holders

The British Beer and Pub Association have provided some free publications for Premises Licence Holders including Challenge 21 posters.

Paper counterpart of driving licence has been abolished

Drivers are being reminded that the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) have now abolished the paper counterpart of driving licences.

The DVLA now no longer issue the paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence and existing paper counterparts no longer have any legal status.  However, the DVLA is not abolishing paper driving licences issued before the introduction of the photocard in 1998, so any driver who holds this type of licence should keep it and not destroy it.

A new system has been introduced by the DVLA.  You are now able to check your driving licence online and also provide us with a code to be able to then check it for endorsements.  This is free of charge and means that we no longer need you to complete a DVLA mandate form and pay the £5 fee.  More information is available by clicking the link below:

DVLA website

Top Lights on Private Hire Vehicles

Please be reminded that NO Private Hire Vehicle should have a top light.  This is part of the Icon for pdf Conditions and Byelaws [156.27KB] of your licence and Breckland Council has the right to suspend or revoke your licence if a top light is found on your Private Hire vehicle.

Electronic Cigarettes

We have been asked about the use of electronic cigarettes in relevant premises and licensed vehicles.  The advice/information we are currently giving is that:

  • Whilst they are not illegal it would be hard to prove that they are not a real cigarette if seen by an enforcement officer passing by
  • It does not send the correct message to the customers and could lead to abuse of the legislation
  • Some businesses have decided to implement internal policies to prevent their use on their premises

We will continue to monitor the situation and provide information when necessary.