To deal certain kinds of knives you need a licence. A licence is needed for dealing in the following:

  • knives
  • non-domestic knife blades
  • swords

Any other article which:

  • Has a blade, or
  • Is sharply pointed and adapted for use that could cause injury to the person

A 'dealer' is a person carrying on a business which consists wholly or partly of:

  • selling
  • hiring
  • offering for sale or hire
  • exposing for sale or hire
  • lending or giving

You may not need a licence as certain exemptions may apply. Please contact us for more information.

How to apply

We're working towards an online application process and reviewing our forms and guidance notes. To apply for a licence, please contact us.

Licensing Section
Municipal Buildings
West Bridge Street