Renfrewshire Council

Window cleaner's licence

If you want to work as a window cleaner or run a window cleaning business in Renfrewshire, you must apply for a licence.

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Applying for a Window Cleaner's licence

If you need to apply for a Window Cleaner's licence, or renew your existing one, you can do this online. Submit your application, supporting documents and payment electronically. When we've checked your application, we'll send you the completed form by email to print, sign and return to us. We need your signed application form before we can issue your licence. 

Apply for a Window Cleaner's licence


Documents to upload with your application

Your application must be accompanied by:

  • two coloured passport photographs and
  • evidence and details of public liability insurance cover for a minimum of £1,000,000.

Licence fee

Information on fees for all licences can be found in the related content of our website under civic application fees.


What age do you have to be to apply for a licence?

Applicants for a window cleaner must be at least 17 years old.


How long will my application take?

All applications made under the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 are considered within three months and a decision made within nine months.


Who is consulted about my application?

A copy of your application will be sent to Police Scotland. They will carry out their own investigations and report back to the licensing section.


What happens if there if an objection or representation to my application?

If an objection or representation is received, the application must be considered at a meeting of the Regulatory Functions Board. 

You will be formally cited to attend the meeting and a copy of the letter will be sent out to you with the citation letter.


Conditions attached to your licence

The conditions of licence can be found in the related content area of the website.

A copy of the conditions of licence for window cleaners will be issued to you if your licence is granted.

The council requires all licenceholders to have a thorough understanding of these conditions and they should be kept as they form part of your licence.


How long the licence lasts

Applications for a new licence are generally granted for a year. Applications to renew an existing licence are normally granted for a two year period.