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You need a premises licence if you want to provide any of the following licensable activities on a premises:
Please note: Premises includes a vehicle, vessel or moveable structure. For a full list of licensable activities and exemptions see the documents section.
Please note: It is an offence to buy alcohol for onward sale or supply from an unapproved UK wholesaler. Check if your UK wholesaler is approved at GOV.UK - check if an alcohol wholesaler is approved.You will need your wholesalers unique reference number ,which should be displayed on their invoice.
Please note: applicants must not be under 18 years of age.
See licence fees.
You can apply for a premises licence through the following:
On-line - complete the GOV.UK - premises licence application form
Please note: If your application includes the sale of alcohol, a Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) must be specified on the premises licence. This individual must hold a valid personal licence.
You need to include a copy of the following:
A copy of your application must also be advertised to the 8 responsible authorities. We will do this on your behalf if the application is submitted on-line.
You must also advertise your application in a noticeable location at the premises within a day and the local newspaper within 10 working days.
For an example layout, see ‘Premises licence application notice example' in the documents section.
There will be a consultation period of 28 days starting the day after we have received your application.
This time allows objections to be made from the following responsible authorities:
Objections must be based on the licence not promoting one or more of the following licensing objectives:
If no objections are received during this time, your licence will be granted the day after the end of the consultation period. You will receive your licence within 10 working days.
If objections are made against the application, a hearing will be held within 20 working days from the end of the consultation period. The decision to grant or refuse the application will be decided by the Licensing Sub Committee.
If a hearing is held the licence can be:
A decision is usually made at the end of hearing. We will inform you once a decision has been made, along with the person who made the objection and the chief of police.
Anyone can appeal an application if it is refused.
Appeals must be made to a Magistrates court within 21 days of the decision being made.
To keep your licence valid, you will need to pay an annual fee. For costs see premises licence fees.
Please note: A reminder letter will be sent out to you one month before the due date detailing how to make payment.
To change the activities on an existing licence see vary a premises licence. If you wish to take over a premises license, you must make an application to transfer a premises licence.
If you require help with something in this section, please contact us.