Applying for a premises licence
If you would like to apply for a premises licence fill in the premises licence application form (DOC/80KB/24 pages).
A provisional statement (DOC/457KB/21 pages) can be applied for premises that are to be, or are in the process of being constructed, altered or extended. The process is the same as that for a premises licence. However, a provisional statement does not convert into a premises licence on completion of the construction or development. Subsequently an application for a premises licence will need to be made. Representations are restricted after the grant of the provisional statement provided that the application for the premises licence is in the same form as described in the provisional statement, there has been no material change in circumstances either to the premises or the area in which the premises are situated and the schedule of works has been completed satisfactorily.
If you wish to vary your premises licence or transfer the licence you will need to complete the relevant Licensing Act application form.
As part of the premises licence application you will need to complete an operating schedule. An operating schedule details how the business will operate and must contain the following information:
- the licensable activities to be carried out and the times at which they will take place
- the hours that the premises are to be open to the public
- details of the designated premises supervisor
- whether alcohol will be consumed on and/or off the premises
- the proposed steps to promote the licensing objectives, for example, the arrangements for door security to prevent crime and disorder
A scaled plan of your premises will need to be submitted along with your application, you can view our guidelines on the submission of a premises licence plan (PDF/27KB/1 page).
Every premises that sells or supplies alcohol (except for qualifying clubs) must have a designated premises supervisor who is responsible for its day to day running, this person must hold a personal licence authorising the sale of alcohol, you are required to fill in a consent form confirming the consent of an individual to being specified as a premises supervisor (DOC/40KB/2 pages).
Please be aware that carrying on a licensable activity from any premises other than as authorised may lead to a fine and/or imprisonment.
A fee should be sent with your application, the government sets these fees based on the non-domestic rateable value of your premises. You can find this out by looking at your annual bill or by contacting Business Rates. You will then need to cross reference the non-domestic rateable value with the list of licensing fees (PDF/35KB/2 pages).
Your application, fee and any other relevant documents should be returned to the licensing group.
When making an application for grant/variation, you should send a copy to the responsible authorities (DOC/279KB/2 pages).
This now includes sending a copy of the application form to the Home Office (Immigration Enforcement) Alcohol Licensing Team, Lunar House, 40 Wellesley Road, Croydon, CR9 2BY or alternatively email: Alcohol@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk
Notice of an application
You must display a notice of the application on your premises for a period of 28 consecutive days. You may want to refer to our guidance on arrangements for advertising notices of application (PDF/25KB/1 page).
Here are the notices for you to choose the correct one and fill in and print on blue paper:
This notice must be printed on white paper: Notice of application for minor variation to a premises licence/club premises certificate (PDF/23KB/1 page)
You are also required to put a notice in the local newspaper, template for completing your newspaper notice (PDF/22KB/2 pages)
Additional information and guidance notes
A premises licence is not time limited.
It is in effect until it is:
- guidance in respect of licensing fees (PDF/35KB/2 pages)
- guidance for premises licences (PDF/147KB/8 pages)
- guidance for take away and late night refreshment premises (PDF/86KB/5 pages)
- guidance for designated premises supervisors (PDF/26KB/2 page)
- guidance on regulated entertainment and exemptions (PDF/52KB/2 pages)
- guidance to applicants in respect of village halls (PDF/65KB/3 pages)
Interested parties (eg local residents, residents' associations, parish/town councils etc) can make representations on applications.
They must be made within 28 days of the date the notice of application is displayed.
In order to be relevant, the representation must relate to one or more of the four licensing objectives listed below:
- the prevention of crime and disorder
- public safety
- the prevention of public nuisance
- the protection of children from harm
Where an application is made for grant or variation of a premises licence a summary can be found on the public register of Licensing Act applications.