EU Services Directive

EUGO logoThe EU Services Directive aims to open up Europe's services sector to cross-border competition. Its objective is to remove the legal and administrative barriers that make it difficult for businesses to offer their services in another EU country. It came into force on 28 December 2009.

Each EU member state is required to set up a Point of Single Contact (PSC) where businesses can find information and apply online for the relevant licences for a range of services. In the UK this is provided by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the BusinessLink website.

Most of our applications and payments are processed through our own online system but we use the central BIS facility - ELMS (Electronic Licence Management System) for others.

The EUGO network shows Points of Contact in other EU countries.

1. Go to the Business Link UK Welcomes Business page
2. Select "Licences and regulations"
3. Enter relevant text e.g. "street trading" in the Licence search box
4. Select the appropriate link from the results e.g "Street trading licence (England & Wales)"
5. Enter an Allerdale postcode eg CA14 3YJ

You can find information on Allerdale licences on this website, and complete many online.

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Contact us

0303 123 1702

Allerdale Borough Council
Allerdale House, Workington, Cumbria,
CA14 3YJ