Did you pay for a business licence last year? If so, you can claim your money back.

Government rules mean COVID grants can't be used to support individuals' income. This can make it hard to pay out grants to certain businesses, especially smaller ones and sole traders.

To offer support to a wider range of businesses we are refunding licence costs as we know they are a fixed business cost.

Who can claim a refund?

If you have paid for a business licence in the last calendar year, you can claim back the cost. This includes licences for all of the following:

  • Pubs
  • Licensed restaurants
  • Taxis and hackney carriages
  • Acupuncturists and tattooists
  • Animal licences, like dog and cat boarding

Who can't claim a refund?

If your business has ceased trading or is insolvent, you cannot claim this grant.

How do I claim?

Click on the button below to complete the application form.

We need a few basic details, including your name and bank details. We will also need to see some evidence of the payment. This could be the bank statement showing the amount or the email receipt from our online payment system.

You will also be asked to upload a bank statement which clearly shows your sort code, bank account number and address.

After you submit your claim, we'll send you an email to confirm we've received it. You'll receive another one as soon as it's been processed.

Claim a Refund

Due to the high number of applications, if you do not provide this information, your application will be refused and you will be invited to reapply with the correct details. 

When will I receive the money?

We'll refund the cost of your licence back into your nominated bank account as quickly as possible. We anticipate that we'll receive a lot of applications for this scheme but they should be quick to process and we hope to make payments within two weeks of application.

As there will be lots of application, any incorrectly submitted claims will be refused. In this event, we'll contact applicants to encourage them to reapply with the correct details.