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Poisons Licensing

Why is a licence required?

In the interest of public safety the sale of poisons is prohibited unless the seller is a retail pharmacist or a listed seller. A listed seller is a person who has his name on the local authority's list entitling him to sell poisons from the premises named.

How to apply

  1. Apply Online

  2. Or, you can download an application form using the link below.
    Poisons application form

Can I assume my licence is granted if I don't hear from Gloucestershire County Council within a reasonable time?

No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within 5 working days of submitting your application please contact us.

More Information

A listed seller, or named deputy, is allowed to sell the poisons named in Part II of the Poisons List subject to certain conditions. Listed sellers cannot sell poisons which are included in Part I of the Poisons List. These may only be sold by a pharmacist.

Each listed seller is required to keep a Poisons Book in which certain information relating to each sale of a poison must be entered before delivery to the purchaser.

Licences must be renewed annually from 1st May each year.


Our contact details

For licensing enquiries please use our enquiry form


The Poisons Act 1972

The Poisons Rules 1982


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This page was last edited on 08/09/15