Licence exemptions and exceptions

There are some instances when you will not need to apply for a licence.


Exemptions can apply to individual cases or a class of activity and may be unconditional or subject to certain conditions including length of time.

The Gas Act 1986 and the Electricity Act 1989 allow the Secretary of State to make orders giving exemptions from the need to hold licences. This means that some activities that fall within the definitions of a licensable activity are, in fact, exempt from the need to hold licences.

We are unable to advise you on exemptions and recommend you consult the Gas Act 1986, the Electricity Act 1989, your legal counsel and the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (DBEIS). You may wish to view examples of gas exemption orders and electricity exemption orders.

Exceptions (Gas only)

Schedule 2A of The Gas Act 1986 (as amended) sets out certain exceptions to the need to hold a licence. It is for the applicant to ascertain whether the proposed activity falls within the scope of an exception.

We cannot advise whether a person carrying on an activity or proposing to carry on an activity will be exempt or excepted from the requirement to hold a licence.