Game Dealers

Game dealer licences (Regulatory Reform Game)

Changes to Game Licensing for taking or selling game and venison

From 01 August 2007, new regulations removed existing licensing requirements for the game trade. This means that you no longer have to hold a local authority licence or an excise licence in order to deal in game.

Restrictions on dealing in game birds and venison during the close season no longer apply. This means that any person is able to sell game and venison all year round provided the animals in question were lawfully killed.

You are no longer be required to keep records as previously required under section 11 of the Deer Act 1991 relating to the sale and purchase of venison. You only have to keep records to the level specified in EC Regulation 178/2002 if you sell game birds or venison. This allows your business to set up traceability records with a level of detail that fits the size and nature of your activities.

If you deal in game birds or venison, you should check your source before you either:

  • sell;
  • offer or expose for sale; possess or transport for purposes of sale.

This is because you could be committing an offence if you know or have reason to believe that the game bird or venison you offer for sale was unlawfully killed, taken or poached during the close season.

The new regulations also remove the requirement for a licence to kill or take game.

Anyone suffering nuisance due to noise, smells or similar because of a commercial premises should contact the Environmental Protection team to see if we can help (email, phone 01527 881395).

Grant of a licence doesn't mean that we've given planning permission: consent under town and country planning law may still be required. Please contact our Planning Services on 01386 565565.

Further Information

All Licensing and Environmental Health Matters are now dealt with by Worcestershire Regulatory Services.

For direct public enquiries and referrals:

General Customer Enquiries

Telephone: 01905 822799


Fax: 01905-617132

Worcestershire Regulatory Services