You may need a licence to sell certain household products containing poison
You may need a poisons licence if youre selling products containing certain chemicals or ingredients. Poisons licences are issued by your local council.
The licence runs from 1 January until 31 December, whenever you apply. Youll be sent a reminder to reapply by 31 May each year.
The following table shows some examples of the most common poisons requiring a licence.
Concentration requiring a licence
Products these poisons may be found in
10% or more
Window/glass cleaners, multipurpose cleaners, bathroom cleaners, polishing waxes, drain cleaners, oven cleaners
5% or more
Air freshener, fabric softener, carpet cleaner, upholstery cleaner
25% or more
Limescale remover, toilet cleaner
10% or more
Limescale remover, domestic cleaner, leather processing product
Hydrofluoric acid and fluorine-based compounds
Any, apart from 3% or more sodium silicofluoride and 3% or more sodium fluoride
10% or more oxalic acid dehydrate
Leather and wood cleaner
0.1% or more
0.5% and less than 5% of other phenols
Liquid disinfectants and antiseptics
17% or more
Oven cleaner, drain cleaner
12% or more
Caustic soda, oven cleaner, drain cleaner
Contact your local council if you’re not sure whether you’ll need a licence for a particular product. You could also contact the manufacturer or speak to your wholesaler.
You could be fined up to £500 (and an extra £5 for each day you continue to break the law) if you sell a poison not covered by your licence.
You could be fined up to £500 if you get in the way of a council inspection, dont allow samples to be taken or dont provide required information when asked.You may need a poisons licence to sell certain household products containing poison - concentrations, apply to your local council, common poisons, renewal