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Public auction premises registration

Registering to hold a public auction.

Published: 18 December 2020

Last updated: 16 January 2021

To sell goods by competitive bidding (auction) in the City of Westminster, you may need to register the premises in which you carry out the activity.

We grant registration under the provisions of the Greater London Council (General Powers) Act 1984, Part VI (1984 Act).

How to apply

Apply online

You can also apply by post. To obtain a hard copy of the application, please contact the Licensing team.

Eligibility criteria

To apply you must:

  • provide your full name and address
  • provide a plan of the premises with the application
  • not have previously carried out a business in a manner which is detrimental to the interests of consumers
  • obtain the relevant planning consent prior to apply for a registration, if the premises requires planning consent

Regulation summary

View regulations relating to this licence

What happens next

We will take into account the suitability of the person, premises or stall.

If we refuse your application, you will be given the opportunity to appear before the licensing authority at a public hearing.

The hearing will take place in front of the licensing sub-committee and you will be given the opportunity to address the reasons for refusal. (see “Making an appeal” below)

Tacit consent

Tacit consent will apply if the application is unopposed. This means you can act as though your application is granted if you haven't heard from the licensing authority by the end of the target completion period (30 calendar days).

Making an appeal

If you are unhappy with the outcome of your application, you have the right to appeal the decision.

View information on appeals and complaints

Further information

Trade associations

View the public register

View the public register online

You can also view a copy of the register at the council's offices during normal office hours. 

To make an appointment to view it, please contact the Licensing team.