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Licences and Online Services

This A-Z of licences/Permits provides the following key information:

• Details of the list of licences/permits issued by Government Departments, and Offices under their remit
• Links to online information, and
• Relevant contact details for further enquiries

For further enquiries regarding the licence/permit, please contact the relevant Unit/Office listed

Click on the Letters below to access the list of licences beginning with that letter e.g. clicking on 'O' brings you to a list including: "Occasional Trading Permit"

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Licences.ie Website

Licences.ieis a new licensing portal that will allow businesses to register and apply for licences they are obliged to have for trading purposes in a one-stop-shop thus reducing dramatically the amount of time in form filling required to comply with various licensing obligations. The development of Licences.ie is an ambitious and transformative initiative for how businesses and licensing bodies interact.

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Building Control Management System

A Building Control Management System (BCMS) has been developed by local authorities, with support from the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, which enables the electronic submission of Commencement Notices, Certificates of Compliance on Completion and all ancillary documents associated with these statutory requirements to local authorities.


Further information on online services

Please find link to additional information on the Citizens Information website regarding online services available in Ireland

Online forms


Useful Licences

Company Registrations

Title of Licence / PermitRelevant Department
Business Name RegistrationCompanies Registration Office
Company IncorporationCompanies Registration Office
Industrial & Provident Society FilingsCompanies Registration Office
Industrial & Provident Society RegistrationCompanies Registration Office
Limited Partnership FilingsCompanies Registration Office
Limited Partnership RegistrationCompanies Registration Office
Post Incorporation Company FilingsCompanies Registration Office

Tourism

Title of Licence / PermitRelevant Department
Registration and Renewal of Registration for Hotels

Fáilte Ireland (The National Tourism Development Authority)

Registration and Renewal of Registration for GuesthousesFáilte Ireland (The National Tourism Development Authority)
Registration and Renewal of Registration for Holiday CottagesFáilte Ireland (The National Tourism Development Authority)
Registration and Renewal of Registration for Holiday ApartmentsFáilte Ireland (The National Tourism Development Authority)
Registration and Renewal of Registration for Holiday Hostels and Youth HostelsFáilte Ireland (The National Tourism Development Authority)
Registration and Renewal of Registration for Caravan and Camping ParksFáilte Ireland (The National Tourism Development Authority)
Registration and Renewal of Registration for Holiday CampsFáilte Ireland (The National Tourism Development Authority)

Transport

Title of Licence / PermitRelevant Department
Auto-Fuel Trader's LicenceRevenue
Community Licence (Road Haulage)Road Transport Operator Licencing Unit, Dept of Transport, Tourism & Sport
Community Licence (Road Passenger)Road Transport Operator Licencing Unit, Dept of Transport, Tourism & Sport
Digital Tachograph cards – Driver Card (includes renewal and replacement cards)Digital Tachograph Unit, Department of Tourist, Transport & Sport
Dispatch Operator licenceNational Transport Authority, Dept of Transport, Tourism & Sport
Driver CPC (card)Road Safety Authority, Dept of Transport, Tourism & Sport
Occasional International (including cross-border) Transport Services For Passengers (EU Journey Forms under EU Regulation 1073/2009)National Transport Authority, Dept of Transport, Tourism & Sport
Regular International (including cross-border) Transport Services for Passengers (EU Authorisations under EU Regulation 1073/2009)National Transport Authority, Dept of Transport, Tourism & Sport
International Road Haulage Operator’s LicenceRoad Transport Operator Licencing Unit, Dept of Transport, Tourism & Sport
International Road Passenger Transport Operator’s LicenceRoad Transport Operator Licencing Unit, Dept of Transport, Tourism & Sport
National Road Haulage Operator’s LicenceRoad Transport Operator Licencing Unit, Dept of Transport, Tourism & Sport
Public Bus Passenger Service Licence under the Public Transport Regulation Act 2009National Transport Authority, Dept of Transport, Tourism & Sport
Small public service vehicle (SPSV) licenceNational Transport Authority, Dept of Transport, Tourism & Sport

Excise

Title of Licence / PermitRelevant Department
Beer & Wine Retailer's Off LicenceRevenue
Beer Retailer's Off LicenceRevenue
Beer Retailer's On Licence (Ordinary)Revenue
Cider Retailer's Off LicenceRevenue
Cider Retailer's On LicenceRevenue
Club Certificate - Application for Declaration as to Suitability of Proposed Registered Club PremisesCourt Services
Club Certificate - Club AuthorisationCourt Services
Club Certificate - Club LicenceCourt Services
Club Certificate - Renewal of Certificate of RegistrationCourt Services
Dance Licence - Annual Dance Licence - Licenced PremisesCourt Services
Hotel Licence - Application to have a Public Bar in Hotel (Section 19)Court Services
Hotel Licence - Hotel Licence with Public BarCourt Services
Manufacturer's Licence - BrewerRevenue
Manufacturer's Licence - Cider ManufacturerRevenue
Manufacturer's Licence - Compounder of SpiritsRevenue
Manufacturer's Licence - Distiller of SpiritsRevenue
Marked Fuel Trader's LicenceRevenue
Methylated Spirits Retailer's LicenceRevenue
Publican's Licence (6-Day & Early Closing)Revenue
Publican's Licence (6-Day & Early Closing) - Application for Declaration as to Suitability of Licensed Premises for Full Restaurant CertificateCourt Services
Publican's Licence (6-Day)Revenue
Publican's Licence (7-Day Ordinary)Revenue
Publican's Licence (7-Day Ordinary) - Application for Declaration as to Suitability of Licensed Premises for Full Restaurant CertificateCourt Services
Publican's Licence (7-Day Ordinary) - Application for Declaration as to Suitability of Licensed Premises for Limited Restaurant CertificateCourt Services
Publican's Licence (7-Day Ordinary) - Declaration as to Suitability of Licensed premises 7 dayCourt Services
Publican's Licence (Early Closing)Revenue
Publican's Licence (Ordinary) Hotel - 1902 Act (Public Bar)Revenue
Publican's Licence (Ordinary) Hotel - 1902 Act. (Resident's Bar)Revenue
Publican's Licence (Ordinary) Hotel - BF - 1902 Act (Public Bar)Revenue
Publican's Licence (Ordinary) Hotel - BF - 1902 Act (Resident's Bar)Revenue
Restaurant Licence - Restaurant Certificate LimitedCourt Services
Special Restaurant LicenceRevenue
Special Restaurant Licence - Special Restaurant LicenceCourt Services
Spirit & Beer Retailer's Off LicenceRevenue
Spirit & Wine Retailer's Off LicenceRevenue
Spirit Retailer's Off LicenceRevenue
Spirit, Beer & Wine Retailer's Off LicenceRevenue
Spirits Retailer's On LicenceRevenue
Wholesale Dealer of Beer - Whole Sale Dealer in BeerCourt Services
Wine Retailer's Off LicenceRevenue
Wine Retailer's On LicenceRevenue

Private Security

Title of Licence / PermitRelevant Department                  
Security Guard (Static) The Private Security Authority
Door Supervisor (Licensed Premises)The Private Security Authority
Cash-In-Transit The Private Security Authority
Door Supervisor (Event Security) The Private Security Authority
Door Supervisor (Licensed Premises) The Private Security Authority
Security Guard (Event Security)The Private Security Authority
Security Guard (Static)The Private Security Authority
Security Guard (Alarm Monitoring) The Private Security Authority
Security Guard (CCTV Monitoring) The Private Security Authority
Access Control (Installation and Maintenance) The Private Security Authority
CCTV (Installation and Maintenance) The Private Security Authority
Intruder Alarm (Installation and Maintenance) The Private Security Authority
Cash-In-Transit The Private Security Authority
Private InvestigatorsThe Private Security Authority

Miscellaneous

Title of Licence / PermitRelevant Department
Auctioneers LicenceProperty Services Registration Authority (PSRA)
Employment Agency LicencesWorkplace Relations Commission
Employment PermitsEmployment Permits Section, Dept of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation
Estate Agents LicenceProperty Services Registration Authority (PSRA)
eTax CertificateRevenue
Filing applications for the grant of a patentPatents Office
Filing applications for the registration of a trade markPatents Office
Filing for the registration of a designPatents Office
Filing, applications for the grant of SPCsPatents Office
Letting Agents Licence                                                         Property Services Registration Authority (PSRA)
Management Services LicenceProperty Services Registration Authority (PSRA)
Music and Singing Licence - Public Music and Singing LicenceCourt Services
Occasional Trading LicenceCompetition & Consumer Section, Dept of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation
Payment of statutory feesPatents Office
Supply/Rent Video/DVD LicenceIrish Film & Classification Office (IFCO)

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