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The aim of the Licensing service is to improve the standards of public safety in respect of licensed premises, persons and vehicles. This is achieved by the balanced use of enforcement and education in relation to the relevant legislation.

Please also see Licensing Frequently Asked Questions.

We are responsible for licensing the following:

Other licences are dealt with by contacting the section or department as shown :

Animal Boarding

Housing & Public Health
01978 292040

Dangerous Wild Animals

Housing & Public Health
01978 292040

Dog Breeding

Housing & Public Health
01978 292040

Door Person Registration

Security Industry Authority (SIA)
08702 430100

Riding Establishments

Housing & Public Health
01978 292040

Pet Shops

Housing & Public Health
01978 292040

Skips for use on Public Highways

Highways Maintenance
01978 296002

Tattooists/Ear Piercers/Electrolysis

Health and Safety
01978 292040


Trading Standards
01978 296060

Provision of Late Night Refreshment

The Licensing Department
01978 292049

Application for a Personal Licence

The Government is aiming to remove the requirement for personal licence holders to renew their licence every 10 years through the Deregulation Bill, which is currently before Parliament. The first personal licences were granted in February 2005. However, the Bill is unlikely to receive Royal Assent before the tenth anniversary of the date on which the first personal licences were granted. To ensure that personal licence holders are not disadvantaged by this position, the Government will introduce new arrangements through secondary legislation for those whose licences are due for renewal before the proposal in the Bill comes into force.

The application form to renew a licence has been altered so that licence holders are required to provide only essential information to the licensing authority. The renewal application form is available on the Home Office’s website:

Applicants must complete the form and submit it to their licensing authority no later than one month before their licence expires. They will also have to enclose their licence or a copy. Section 119 of the Licensing Act 2003 provides that where an application for renewal is pending and the application has not been determined before the licence expires, the licence continues to have effect.

The Home Office have released guidance on renewal arrangements for personal licences due to expire in early 2015 which can be found on the following webpage:

Objections to Premises/Club Licence Applications

Applicants are required to advertise on the premises and in the local press. These adverts explain how to object if anyone wished to do so.


You can complain about a licensed premise by using the Wrexham County Borough Council normal complaints procedure or by contacting:

Housing and Public Protection Department
Ruthin Road
LL13 7TU

Telephone: 01978 315788 or 01978 292049

Useful Links


Private Hire and Hackney Licensing issues including Vehicle Testing (other than Enforcement)

Community Services Depot
Abbey Road South
Wrexham Industrial Estate
LL13 9PW

Telephone: 01978 729600
Fax: 01978 729601
Email: environmental@wrexham.gov.uk