Window cleaner licence

A window cleaner licence is required to operate as a window cleaner either on your own account or as an employee of a window cleaning business, within Aberdeenshire.


We may impose conditions (PDF 96.6KB) on the licence, including conditions fixing the days and hours of working.

You must be a fit and proper person and not be disqualified from holding a licence.

You must not have had an application refused for the same licence within the 12 months prior to making your application, unless you have had a material change in circumstances.

The vehicle you use for the purpose of window cleaning must be suitable for that purpose.

You must hold a valid public liability insurance policy which offers a minimum of £1 million cover.

Telling us about any changes

You must notify us in writing of any changes to the details of the licence. This information should be submitted, in writing, within one month of the changes taking place.

If the need for the licence becomes redundant, you should surrender the licence to us as soon as possible.

Application fee

Fee for the application costs £140.50. The fee must be paid at the same time the application for the licence is lodged with us. The fee is non-refundable.

You can pay by either:

Unfortunately we are unable to accept payment by BACs, cheques or cash.

The application will not be considered competent until the fee is paid.

How to apply

You will need to supply additional documents with your application:

To apply fill in window cleaner application form (PDF 207KB). View our identity checks for applicants guidance note (PDF 138KB).

Please send your competed form by email to or by post to, please note physical mail is only checked once a week:

Aberdeenshire Council
Legal and People
Arduthie Road
AB39 2DQ

If you are unable to complete the forms, please call us and we will assist you to apply over the telephone.

Application process

Completed application forms should always be accompanied by the requested information and documentation listed at the end of the application form, together with the application fee.

Failure to provide the necessary information and documentation, or the application fee, will result in the inability to further process the application.

Full approval will not be granted until the required information and documentation has been provided, examined and deemed satisfactory, and the application has been fully processed.

You are not permitted to operate as a window cleaner until such time as a window cleaner's licence has been issued to you.

We will send a copy of your application to Police Scotland.

In the absence of objections or adverse representations, your licence will be issued to you under delegated authority.

Where objections or adverse representations are made, your application will be referred to the appropriate Committee of Aberdeenshire Council for consideration.

If your application is successful you will be provided with an identity badge with your licence which you must wear at all times you are working as a window cleaner.

Duration of the licence

If granted, your licence will come into effect on the date specified on the licence. Licences are normally granted for 3 years, unless a shorter period is specified.