Before you start
If you want to supply electricity through the public network you must be licensed.
Licences make sure you operate in the electricity market in ways which support wholesale market trading, system balancing, retail competition and consumer protection.
Know what to apply for
If you're already a licensed electricity supplier
You only need to apply for a Licence Lite (SLC 11.3) direction.
If you’re not a licensed electricity supplier
Check your documents
To apply for Licence Lite (SLC 11.3) direction you will need to submit supporting information to show that your application meets our requirements.
This includes your administrative details, a supplier services agreement and details of industry interaction arrangements, accompanied by a cross-referenced index.
You can find full details of what you'll need to submit in our Licence Lite guidance.
Know the costs
There is no fee to apply for a Licence Lite (SLC 11.3) direction. If you don’t have a licence to supply electricity, the application fee for a standard supply licence will apply.
You can find the forms and guidance to apply for an electricity supply licence in our section on licence applications.
How we’ll process your application
Once received, we will review your application for completeness.
If any information is missing or if we need further information we will tell you and request that you supply the missing material. If you don't supply it, your application will be cancelled.
How long will it take?
We aim to reach a decision on whether to grant a direction within 60 days of confirming that your application is complete.
If the information provided meets the requirements in our guidance, we will issue a direction and publish it in our section on Licence Lite directions.
If we propose to refuse a direction application, we will write to you and will explain why.