Premises Licence Application

A premises licence will be required for the use of any premises involved in the permanent sale of alcohol.

    Applying for a premises licence

    Applications for premises licences have to be supported by an operating schedule. The application form and operating schedule will have to set out the nature and times of licensable activities taking place along with measures to meet the four licensing objectives contained in the Licensing Act of 2003. If alcohol is to be sold, the application will also have to specify the designated premises supervisor. A designated premises supervisor is a person who holds a personal licence under the Licensing Act of 2003, and is in control of the day-to-day management of the premises.

    What will I need?

    New applications must include:

    • Completed forms (including consent form for the Designated Supervisor)
    • Correct fee based on the Non Domestic Rateable Value of the premises
    • A plan of the premises

    New Applications:

    Icon for pdf 1. New Premises application guidance [153.99KB]
    Icon for pdf 2. New Premises Licence application form [502.91KB]
    Icon for pdf 3. New Premises DPS Consent form [67.84KB]
    Icon for pdf 4. New Premises Responsible Authority Contact Details [27.02KB]

    Icon for pdf 6. New Premises advertising [60.58KB]
    Icon for pdf 7. New Premises site notice [8.97KB]
    Icon for pdf 8. New Premises newspaper notice [49.85KB]
    Icon for pdf 9. New Premises plan requirements [43.01KB]
    Icon for pdf 10. New Premises noise control [125.48KB]

    Variation Application Forms:

    Icon for pdf 1. Variation application guidance [148.57KB]
    Icon for pdf 2. Variation application form [440.19KB]
    Icon for pdf 3. Variation application DPS consent form [12.42KB]
    Icon for pdf 4. Variation Application Responsible Authority Contact Details [27.02KB]

    Icon for pdf 6. Variation application advertising [60.58KB]
    Icon for pdf 7. Variation application site notice [20.49KB]
    Icon for pdf 8. Variation application newspaper notice [51.28KB]
    Icon for pdf 9. Variation application plan requirements [42.51KB]
    Icon for pdf 10. Variation application noise control [125.48KB]

    Minor Variation Application forms:

    Icon for pdf 1. Minor Variation application guidance [62.97KB]
    Icon for pdf 2. Minor Variation guidance [87.72KB]
    Icon for pdf 3. Minor Variation DCMS Guidance [142.13KB]
    Icon for pdf 4. Minor Variation application form [177.96KB]
    Icon for pdf 5. Minor Variation Site Notice [104.08KB]

      What next?

      The application must be additionally copied to all Responsible Authorities, and be advertised both by way of Public Notice in a local newspaper and a site notice.
      The consultation period is 28 days. At the end of the consultation, the licence will be granted if there are no representations. If there are representations, the application will go to a hearing where it will be granted, granted with conditions or refused.
      If an application for a licence is refused, the failed applicant can appeal.
      Any party to the hearing, may appeal to the Magistrates Court within 21 days of written notice of the decision.

      Premises Licence Exemptions

      There are a number of exemptions from the requirement to hold a Premises Licence when providing regulated entertainment. However, it should be noted that if alcohol is to be sold or supplied, or late night refreshment provided, a licence will still be required for those activities.

      The main exemptions are as follows:-

      • Regulated entertainment in places of public religious worship;
      • Morris dancing (or similar), or a performance of unamplified live music as an integral part of such dancing;
      • Incidental music - the performance of live music or the playing of recorded music if it is incidental to some other activity;
      • Garden fetes - or similar if not being promoted or held for purposes of private gain;
      • Film exhibitions for the purposes of advertisement, information, education, etc. - if the sole or main purpose of the exhibition of a film is to demonstrate any product; advertise any goods or services, or provide information, education or instruction;
      • Film exhibitions at museums and art galleries - where the use of the film is part of the exhibit;
      • Television or radio broadcasts - as long as the programme is live and simultaneous (showing pre-recorded entertainment would require a licence);
      • Vehicles in motion - at a time when the vehicle is not permanently or temporarily parked;
      • The Live Music Act 2012 has also de-regulated live music under the following conditions:
      • There is a premises licence or club premises certificate in place permitting "on sales";
      • The premises are open for the sale or supply of alcohol for consumption on the premises;
      • Live music is taking place between 08:00 and 23:00;
      • If the live music is amplified, the audience consists of no more than 200 people.
      • The Act also creates a general exemption that live unamplified music provided anywhere shall not be regarded as the provision of regulated entertainment if it takes place between 08:00 hours and 23:00 hours, regardless of the number of people in the audience.

      Surrendering a Premises Licence

      If you are the Premises Licence Holder and wish to surrender the licence, please complete the Icon for pdf form to surrender a premises licence [76.87KB] and return to us.

      Home Office - Tackling Alcohol Fraud

      Please refer to the Home Office flyers regarding Icon for pdf Tackling alcohol fraud through the Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme (AWRS) [38.42KB] and Icon for pdf Buying alcohol for onward sale or supply from a UK wholesaler [36.31KB].

      Premises Licensing Fees

      Please visit our Fees and Charges page for information on our Premises Licensing fees.

      Premises Licensing Fees and Charges