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  • How we assess your application

    We decide if you're a fit and proper person to hold an excise licence, and we may check whether you've been convicted of a criminal offence.

    For companies, we'll also check that a company is fit and proper to hold a licence, and that the people who would be involved in managing or controlling the company or premises are fit and proper. These people include:

    • directors
    • officers
    • shareholders
    • managers or supervisors
    • employees.

    For partnerships, we'll check that all the partners are people who are fit and proper to hold a licence.

    We'll also consider other factors, including if:

    • you have, or have available to you, the skills and experience needed to carry out the activity that would be allowed under the licence
    • the physical security of the premises is adequate, taking into account the nature of the premises, the quantity and type of goods and the systems you'll have in place to keep your goods safe
    • your plant and equipment are suitable, taking into account the type of goods and the nature of the premises
    • you'll have a market for the goods
    • you're able to keep proper records
    • it's necessary to refuse to grant the licence to protect revenue.

    Depending on the circumstances, we may ask you to provide a financial security. We may also apply conditions to your licence.

    Last modified: 12 Mar 2020QC 16933