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.