Business & Enterprise

Council Services for Business

The council provides a number of services for businesses in Westminster:

  • Non-Domestic Rates, or business rates, collected by local authorities are the way that those who occupy non-domestic property contribute towards the cost of local services.

    Click here to see more information on business rates

  • Some activities, such as supplying alcohol or food, providing entertainment or running certain businesses, require a licence from the council.

    To find out if you need a licence and to apply, renew or change a licence, visit GOV.UK and enter the type of activity.

    Click here for more information on licensing

  • Find out how to search and comment on applications, make a planning application and see all the planning policies.

    Click here for more information on planning

  • We are a specialist unit dedicated to supporting the safe planning and regulation of filming and events in Westminster.

    Click here for more information on special events

  • The Food Team promotes and regulates food safety in food premises within Westminster and controls and investigates outbreaks of food poisoning. We carry out visits and investigations to ensure that food is being handled, produced hygienically and is safe to eat.

    Click here for more information on environmental health

  • Find out about the different types of street trading in Westminster, pitches available for trading, tables and chairs licences, and street trading fees.

    Click here for more information on street trading

    There are 5 markets in Westminster that require a street trading licence to trade. On top of this, in the heart of Soho, we have the Rupert Street market which is available for themed markets or events.

    Click here for more information on markets

  • Whatever option you choose, you’re just four steps from hassle-free waste and recycling management.

    Click here for more information on commercial waste

  • Find out how the council ensures that the procurement of goods and services achieves value for money.

    Click here for more information about doing business with the council

  • Free support is on offer to help you develop a wellbeing culture in your organisation and, as a result, boost performance through the London Healthy Workplace Award.

    The Healthy Workplace Award is a framework for action that helps employers build good practice in health and wellbeing in their organisation.

    As an employer in Westminster, you are eligible for the added benefits of discounted nutrition and mental health & wellbeing awareness training for managers. Strengthen your brand and reputation and join organisations that already stand out with this prestigious accreditation.

    The award framework supports all types of employers, large and small, from the public, private and voluntary sectors.

    Click here for more information on the Healthy Workplace Award

  • Westminster City Save is a membership scheme for Westminster residents. It’s free to join and offers you local discounts and savings to help you make the most of your city. The scheme replaces ResCard. When you sign up on the Westminster City Save website you will receive a membership card in the post within 15 days.

    Click here for more information on Westminster city save


Contact the Westminster Business Unit to get information and advice on affordable workspace, business support, employment and training, business rates, licensing, and more.

The easiest way to get in contact with us is via our web form, which can be found here.


Our business e-newsletter is sent out monthly and keeps you up-to-date with:

  • Special offers and discounts for businesses
  • Advice for SMEs and start-ups
  • Events and training opportunities
  • Ways to help support the community and develop your CSR policy
  • Commercial services available to businesses


To read previous editions of the business e-newsletter, please click here