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Do I Need a License to Become a Window Cleaner in the UK?

Should you need a license to clean windows is dependant on where you work, for most of the UK there is no direct license or accreditation that is required in order to start a Window Cleaning business.

You will need to consider insurances when beginning your business, but there are no direct licenses that blanket cover the UK. (insurance is covered in greater detail here)

An exception to this is Scotland where most local councils require that Window Cleaners obtain a license. The following information is directly from the website relating to this type of license:

Most councils will issue a licence that lasts for 3 years. You must renew it before it expires.

If you need one you can usually apply in person, by post or online. You will need to pay a fee, which will vary from council to council.

You may also need to provide:

  • proof of your public liability insurance
  • a copy of the employers liability insurance that covers you, if you are an employee
  • at least 2 passport photographs

If your council issues an identification badge for window cleaners you must wear it visibly while working. Otherwise you must carry your licence with you while working.


If you work without a licence or make a false statement on your application you may be fined up to £2,500.

If you don’t meet a condition on your licence and continue working you may be fined up to £1,000.

You must notify the council if you no longer meet the conditions for holding a licence. If you don’t you may be fined up to £1,000.

If the council demands you return your licence and you don’t you may be fined up to £500.


Head to our Starting a Window Cleaning Business Hub for more helpful guides