Under the terms of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982, a licence is required for carrying on a business as a dealer in non-domestic knives and swords.
If a knife can be used domestically a licence is not required. Therefore, the sale of kitchen or DIY knives will not be licensable.
Other categories which do not require a licence include:
- sale of pen knives
- specific knives carried because of religious beliefs
- specific knives that are part of traditional dress, but only where the blade does not exceed 8.91 centimetres (3.5 inches) in length
|Type of licence|| Fee|
|Knife dealer (including public notice)
Apply for a licence or renewal
Online via our GLAMIS system
You can also download and print the application form below:
Knife dealer's licence application (PDF 39Kb)
Knife dealer's licence conditions (PDF 59Kb)