Revoking a licence

If we have granted a licence, there may be circumstances in which we would revoke the licence. The conditions whereby a licence may be revoked are included in the terms of the licences that we grant. In addition, a current list of revocation conditions for each type of licence is available at the bottom of this page.

Copies of licences may be obtained from the Ofgem Library at: or on our Electronic Public Register.

Requests to have a licence revoked

A licensee that is no longer using and therefore does not want to retain its licence may apply to the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority (the Authority) to have its licence revoked.

Such requests must be made in writing (by post or email) on company letterhead and signed by a duly authorised person, and marked for the attention of our Industry Codes and Licensing Team.

Written requests for a licence to be revoked should include the following:

  • full details of the licence to be revoked including licence holder and licence type
  • full details of continuity of supply arrangements (supply licences only – see below)
  • confirmation that the licensee is aware that the revocation is irreversible.

Providing the Authority agrees that the licence should be revoked, we will issue to the licensee a Notice of Revocation. This notice gives the licensee 30 days notice that the licence will be revoked.

Licence revocations are irreversible and should you still need a licence you would have to re-apply for a new one.

Securing continuity of supply

A gas or electricity supply licensee applying to revoke a licence must provide details of arrangements for securing continuity of supply for all relevant customers. Where there are no customers, the licensee should provide written confirmation to that effect.

Publications and updates

  • Published: 14th Jun 2001
  • Consultations and responses
  • 1 Associated documents
failed suppliers security cover is insufficient; the cost to the industry (and ultimately customers) of providing security cover; and the adverse effect on smaller suppliers of having to provide security cover and the potential effect on competition that...

  • Published: 26th Mar 2001
  • Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
This document sets out the issues that Ofgem will need to consider in the event of a gas or electricity supplier failure or the failure of a gas shipper.

  • Published: 28th Feb 2001
  • Consultations and responses
  • 1 Associated documents
(NETA) are soon to replace the current Electricity Pool. The balancing andsettlement arrangements, which form part of NETA, are defined in anindustry-wide document, the Balancing and Settlement Code (BSC).

  • Published: 15th Dec 2000
  • Consultations and responses
  • 1 Associated documents
Following Independent Energys receivership, I am writing to outline the key elements of Ofgems project to consider all aspects of supplier failure.