Premises Licence

YOU ARE NOT ENTITLED TO BE ISSUED WITH A LICENCE IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THE ENTITLEMENT TO LIVE AND  WORK IN THE UK (OR IF YOU ARE SUBJECT TO A CONDITION PREVENTING YOU FROM DOING WORK RELATING TO THE CARRYING ON OF A LICENSABLE ACTIVITY). YOUR LICENCE WILL BECOME INVALID IF YOU CEASE TO BE ENTITLED TO LIVE AND WORK IN THE UK. 

PLEASE NOTE THAT ONLY THE NEW STYLE APPLICATION FORMS CAN BE ACCEPTED AS FROM 06 APRIL 2017.

Licence summary

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 or a club premises certificate, or it is exempt.

Regulated Entertainment

Entertainment includes performance of plays, exhibition of films, indoor sporting events, boxing/ wrestling, live music, recorded music, performance of dance, and entertainment like music or dance.

There are a number of exemptions, detailed in the legislation together with the definition of regulated entertainment.

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 regulated entertainment.

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.

Eligibility criteria

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 certificate)
  • 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 prerogative
  • 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 independent hospital in England
  • any other permitted person 

Applicants must declare that they are 18 years of age or over.

Regulation summary

A 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 public
  • 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 objectives
  • 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 role.

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 representations.

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.

The online premises licence application form is temporarily unavailable, please use the hard copy form and scan and email it to us, together with proof you have the right to work in the UK. We will telephone you to take a card payment.

Application for copy of a Premises Licence - Online Application

Consent of Designated Premises Supervisor

Change of Name of Premises - Online Application

Change of Name or Address of Premises Licence Holder - Online Application

Change of Name or Address of Designated Premises Supervisor - Online Application

Notice of Surrender of Premises Licence - Online Application

Alternatively, you can apply by completing the following:

Notice of Advertisement

Notice of Advertisement

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

Appeals

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 decision.

The Magistrates Court
Petters Way
Yeovil
Somerset
BA20 1SW

Telephone: 01935 426281

Consumer complaint

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.

Other redress

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
Petters Way
Yeovil
Somerset
BA20 1SW

Telephone: 01935 426281

Trade Associations

Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR)
Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematograph and Theatre Union (BECTU)
Federation of Licensed Victuallers Associations (FLVA)

 

 

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