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.

How do I apply for a licence?

An application pack with an application form, guidance notes and conditions of licence can be downloaded from the related content area of our website.

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You can apply in person at our Customer Service Centre or post you application to us at the address below, with the appropriate fee and documents enclosed.

You must answer every question on the form. If a question is irrelevant, mark it as 'not applicable'.

What documents do I need to apply for a licence?

The application must be accompanied by:

two coloured passport photographs (you must write your full name on the reverse of the photographs), and
evidence and details of public liability insurance cover for a minimum of �£1,000,000.
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How much is the licence fee?

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


What criteria have to be met 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 must be considered within 3 months and a decision made within 9 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.

What conditions are attached to my 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 does the licence last for?

Applications for the grant of a licence are generally granted for a period of one year. Applications to renew an existing licence are normally granted for a two year period. 

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