Licence for Working From Home

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Found 9th FebEdited by:"viking"
My daughter wants to start dog grooming from a purpose built shed in the garden. Would she need permission or a licence from the local council.

I don't think the customers would come into the house itself, they would go through the side gate to the shed in the back garden. I know that allowing "customers" into your house can affect house insurance.

Any advice would be welcome.
Thanks.
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Yes, especially if she is having visitors to her home in relation to her Business.

Best to ring your Local Authority and ask for advise, and whilst your there find out if the also do any Business Start Advice / Courses and or any Start Up Funding.
This might be a stupid remark but, does the house deeds allow for a business/commercial enterprise to be run from the property?
Also, saw a program recently on tv about ‘the planners are coming’ where a lady required planning approval from the local authority to turn her ‘large shed’ into a cattery. Lots of opposition from neighbours to do so. Not sure it might apply to your daughter’s enterprise but the local authority might get involved if someone complains.
Edited by: "Toptrumpet" 9th Feb
If there is a mortgage on the property it may be against the terms of the mortgage. You risk the bank recalling the outstanding mortgage in full.

Deeds/covenants: May affect this too even if you obtain consent from the council. You have to seperately obtain covenant approval.

House insurance can also be affected (invalidated) unless you declare it and public liability cover would also be essential incase a dog in her care escaped and bit someone.
Edited by: "cmdr_elito" 9th Feb
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She would have to set up as a sole trader, or register a limited company.
Op, This is quite a sad response thread from your initial question. It’s a shame that the question wasn’t asked before the shed was installed for an exact purpose. Reading through the responses everything seems to be red tape/beaurocracy, permits/licences etc that will really test the most determined new start upper and quickly jade their initial enthusiasm.
Whilst all all this is being looked into and obtained, how about suggesting your daughter ‘go mobile’ doing home visits thus not needing the ‘permissions’ to at least drum up business etc so that when she can officially ‘launch’ her parlour she’ll already be known in the community.
Toptrumpet3 h, 11 m ago

Op, This is quite a sad response thread from your initial question. It’s a …Op, This is quite a sad response thread from your initial question. It’s a shame that the question wasn’t asked before the shed was installed for an exact purpose. Reading through the responses everything seems to be red tape/beaurocracy, permits/licences etc that will really test the most determined new start upper and quickly jade their initial enthusiasm. Whilst all all this is being looked into and obtained, how about suggesting your daughter ‘go mobile’ doing home visits thus not needing the ‘permissions’ to at least drum up business etc so that when she can officially ‘launch’ her parlour she’ll already be known in the community.


It’s not a sad response, it’s a truthful response. Even with going mobile there will be requirements such as business insurance on the vehicle which will increase the premium. She will also need some insurance that covers her for working in someone else’s property again in case someone tries to sue, she hurts herself, gets bit etc. It’s hard starting a new business and we aren’t trying to discourage anyone here, we are being realistic about the risks, requirements and law. If you go into this blindly and ignorant to rules, you not only risk failure but also risking anything else you might have such as your home/car etc if the worst happens. You do have to be prepared and clued up.
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