Transfer of premises licence
If you sell or lease a licensed premises, you need to transfer the premises licence to the new owner or surrender it.
How do I transfer a premises licence?
The proposed premises licence holder must:
- Complete the application form below.
- Submit the current premises holder consent form or a statement to say why it is not included (we will contact you if this is the case to discuss the steps that you need to take before the licence can be transferred)
- Submit proof of right to work in the UK (if individual(s) or partnership)
- Submit the original premises licence and summary, written undertaking to destroy them or a statement to say why they are not included
- Make the payment for the application
Visit the Government website for guidance and forms for applying for a premises licence to sell alcohol, late night hot food and drink or provide public entertainment.
The new owner of a premises or business, or their agent, can apply for the transfer.
A fee of £23 will need to be submitted along with the application.
The current licence holder must complete a consent to transfer form.
What happens next?
We will review your application and will contact you if we need any extra information.
If no more information is needed from you, your application will be sent to the police and home office for consultation.
Process after applying
If no relevant representations are made, and all of the required information has been received, we will grant your application.
If a representation is made, and not withdrawn, a hearing will be held before members of the licensing sub-committee, unless all parties agree that this is unnecessary.
We will serve you, the Chief Officer of Police and the Home Office (Immigration Enforcement) a notice of determination after a hearing.
If you send your application by post, then you must also send a copy of the application to:
Avon and Somerset Constabulary
PO Box 3259
Home Office Immigration Enforcement
Alcohol Licensing Team
4 Lunar House
40 Wellesley Road
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 us by the end of the target completion date. This date is 20 days after we, and the police, have received your valid application.
If you sent your application by post, tacit consent will only apply when you can show proof of delivery from the Post Office or courier. We recommend that you get proof of delivery for the copy sent to the Chief of Police and the Home Office (Immigration Enforcement)
Appealing a refused application
If your application to transfer a licence is refused, you can appeal.
Appeals need to be made to the Magistrates court within 21 days of the notice of the decision.
The Magistrates Court
Telephone: 01935 426281
Review of a licence
An 'Other' party or responsible authority can apply to review a premises licence.
If this application is submitted, we will normally hold a hearing.
In certain situations, the chief police officer can request from us a summary review of a licence. For example, if a premises is licensed to sell alcohol by retail and a senior officer has given a certificate that they believe that the premises is associated with either serious crime or disorder.
If there is a notification of 2 or less gaming machines in place at the premises, it will lapse as soon as the premises licence has been transferred to you. Therefore, a new notification must be submitted by the new holder of the premises licence before the gaming machines(s) can be used at the premises.
If there is a gaming machine permit for the premises, the new holder of the premises licence will need to make an application to transfer the permit to them before the gaming machines can be used at the premises.
To notify us of 2 or less gaming machines or to apply for, vary or transfer a gaming machine permit, complete our application and notification form.