If you provide any of the following activities
- Late night refreshment
- Regulated entertainment
- The sale by retail of alcohol
You will require a premises licence unless it is
conducted under a Temporary Event Notice. See How to apply. Or a club premises
certificate, or it is exempt.
Entertainment includes performance of plays, exhibition of
films, indoor sporting events, boxing/ wrestling, live music,
recorded music, performance of dance, and entertainment like music
There are a number of exemptions, detailed in the
legislation together with the definition of regulated
Late night refreshment
A premises licence is needed to authorise supply of hot foot or
hot drink for consumption on or off premises between 11pm and 5am
the following morning.
There are a number of exemptions, detailed in the legislation together with the definition of
Sale of Alcohol
Authorisation under the Licensing Act 2003 is needed for any
sale of alcohol. This will usually be by way of
a Premises Licence.
For occasional events, please see our Temporary Event Notice page.
Any of the following may apply for a premises licence:
- anyone who uses carries on a business in the premises to which
the application relates
- a recognised club (which does not hold a club premises
- a charity
- a health service body
- a person who is registered under the Care Standards Act 2000 in
relation to an independent hospital
- a chief police officer of a force in England and Wales
- anyone discharging a statutory or function under Her Majesty's
- The proprietor of an educational institute
- A person who is registered under Chapter 2 of Part 1 of the
Health and Social Care Act 208 in respect of the carrying on of a
regulated activity (within the meaning of the part) in an
independant hospital in England
- any other permitted person
Applicants must declare that they are 18 years of age or
summary of the eligibility criteria for this licence
|Statement of Licensing Policy
Application evaluation process
An application fee is applicable. List of current
fees: Premises Licence Fees
Applications must be sent to the licensing authority for the
area where the premises are located.
Applications must be in a specific format and be accompanied by
an operating schedule, a plan of the premises and any required fee.
For applications where the sale of alcohol is requested, a form of
consent from the premises supervisor must also be sent.
An operating schedule will include details of:
- the licensable activities
- the times when the activities will take place
- any other times when the premises will be open to the
- in the case of applicants who wish to have a limited licence,
the period the licence is required
- the steps proposed to be taken to promote the licensing
- any other required information
If alcohol is requested the following is also required:
- information in respect of the premises supervisor
- whether any alcohol that is to be sold is for consumption for
on or of the premises or both
Applicants are required to advertise their application at the
premises and in a local newspaper that circulates in the area in
which the premises are situated. If the application is
not made through the online process, applicants
must also give a copy of the application form and plan to the
relevant responsible authorities, e.g. the chief police officer and
the fire and rescue authority - see link below. Please note
applicants are required to serve two copies of the application and
plans on the Licensing Authority as one part of the Authority is
the Responsible Authority and the other acts in an administrative
The Licensing Authority must grant the application, if no
relevant representations are received. If however, they are made
and not withdrawn a hearing must be held before members of the
licensing committee, unless all parties required by the Act agree
that such a hearing is unnecessary.
The Licensing Authority will serve a notice of its decision on
the applicant, and any person who has made relevant
Will tacit consent apply?
Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your
application is granted if you have not heard from the local
authority by the end of the target completion period, which is
subject to the submission of all information required. The
timescale is 30 days after receipt of a valid application.
If you are submitting this application by post tacit consent
will only apply when the business can show proof of delivery from
the Post Office or recognised courier.
Timescales for processing an application do not start until all
the necessary information has been received in full.
How to apply
You can apply online.
Apply online for a Premises Licence
Alternatively, you can apply by completing the
Notice of Advertisment
Notice of Advertisment
Please see above link for information regarding the
following current applications:
- New / Full Variation Premises Licence
- New / Full Variation Club Premises Certificate
- Plans - The application must be accompanied by a plan of the
premises. Please read guidance for
information required if you are applying in hard copy
An applicant, or a person who made a relevant representation may
appeal the decision of the Licensing Committee or it's sub
committee to the Magistrates' court within 21 days of notice of the
The Magistrates Court
Telephone: 01935 426281
|We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the
first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the
form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if
you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will
give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.
The chief police officer for the police area where the premises
are located can apply to the licensing authority for a summary
review of the licence if the premises are licensed to sell alcohol
by retail and a senior officer has given a certificate that they
are of the opinion that the premises are associated with either
serious crime or disorder or both. The licensing authority must
within 48 hours of receipt of the application consider whether it
is necessary to take interim steps pending the determination of a
review of the premises licence. A review hearing will be held with
28 days of receipt of the application and the licence holder and
other interested parties may make representations.
A decision made by the licensing authority at a summary review
of a premises licence does not have effect until the end of the
period given for appealing against the decision or if the decision
is appealed against, the time the appeal is disposed of.
Appeals are made to a Magistrates' court within 21 days of
notice of the decision.
The Magistrates Court
Telephone: 01935 426281
|Association of Licensed
Multiple Retailers (ALMR)
Cinematograph and Theatre Union (BECTU)
|Federation of Licensed
Victuallers Associations (FLVA)
|Institute of Entertainment and
Arts Professionals (IEAP)
View list of public registers.
applications received for Premises Licences.