Permission to Distribute Leaflets Licence

You know those local pizza delivery leaflets that you get through your letterbox, well, the business that posted them would have had to obtain a permission to distribute leaflets licence first. If you are a business that wants to promote your trade, find out how a licence to distribute leaflets could help grow your customer reach and profit.

LICENCE Name

Permission to Distribute Leaflets Licence

AUTHORITY

Local Council

TIME TO GET LICENCED 10 days
COST £200
VALID FOR 1 Month
ELIGIBILITY 18+ years, right to work in UK
STEPS TO GET LICENSED
1

Application for permission to distribute leaflets licence

Provide sample of type of content on leaflet
Get Licenced

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What is a permission to distribute leaflets licence?

Being in the digital age of online marketing and social media, leaflets are branded as old fashioned and are often overlooked, however there are many advantages of using leaflets to market your business or product.

However, to first take advantage of the effectiveness of leaflet marketing, you may need to obtain a licence, this licence is called a permission to distribute leaflets licence.

Do I need a licence?

Whether you need a licence to distribute leaflets or not depends on the type of leaflet and how you will be distributing them.

To find out if you need a licence, you will need to contact your local council. Each council may differ in terms of what type of leaflet is allowed and the authorised means to distribute them.

You may not need a licence if the printed material is being distributed:

  • in letterboxes
  • inside a building, bus or taxi
  • on behalf of a charity
  • for political parties or campaigns such as the Brexit Party or Change UK
  • religious purposes

If you are required to obtain a licence to distribute leaflets you may also be required to wear a badge authorised by the local council when distributing printing material within your area.

Some local authorities may also limit the area in which you may distribute leaflets such as outside tube station entrances, or by pedestrian crossings.

How to apply for a permission to distribute leaflets licence

Permission to distribute leaflets licence applications must be made via your local council. You can find the contact details for your local council at the Official UK Government Website.

FAQs

A leaflet could be defined as a card or promotional material promoting a business or service. Other definitions of a brand may include a free newspaper, or takeaway menu.
If you plan to distribute leaflets you should also confirm with your local council first. If you distribute leaflets without a licence or without notifying local authorities, you may get a fine of up to £2,500 as well as a potential criminal record.
A licence to distribute leaflets can last up to a month, however, each local authority may differ with their validity of a licence.