Premises Licences ... more information

To sell alcohol, provide regulated entertainment or late night refreshment, you need a licence from the local authority if you are in England and Wales.

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
  • 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
  • a person from an educational institute
  • any other permitted person

Applicants must not be under 18 years of age.

Target completion period: we will aim to issue your licence within 4 working days from determination of your application.  (Where relevant representations are received, this will be within 4 working days of a decision by a Licensing sub-Committee at a hearing).

Regulation Summary

A summary of the relevant legislation for this licence.

Application Evaluation Process

Applications must be sent to the licensing authority for the area in which the premises are located.

Applications must be made on the prescribed form and be accompanied by a fee which is based on the rateable value of the premises (see 'Information for Applicants, Appendix 4).  An operating schedule, a plan of the premises and a form of consent from the premises supervisor (for applications where the sale of alcohol will be a licensable activity) are also required.

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 for
  • information in respect of the premises supervisor
  • whether any alcohol that is to be sold is for consumption on or of the premises or both
  • the steps proposed to be taken to promote the licensing objectives
  • any other required information

When preparing an application, applicants are expected to obtain information about the local area and to show some understanding of the character of the local environment including any known crime and disorder issues, the proximity of residential dwellings and any other relevant factors (for example, the proximity of schools, nursing homes etc.).  This information should help the applicant to decide what measures are appropriate to promote the licensing objectives and will assist in completing the operating schedule.

Applicants are required to advertise their application by displaying a notice on the premises and by publishing a notice in a local newspaper.

Applicants must send a copy of their application to the relevant Responsible Authorities (see 'Information for Applicants' for details).  You do not need to do this is you are applying for a licence on-line.  In this case, the Authority will send an electronic copy of your application to the relevant Responsible Authorities.

Responsible Authorities and other persons may make representations about an application.  Representations must be made in writing and must relate to one or more of the licensing objectives to be 'relevant'.  If relevant representations are received, the licensing authority must hold a hearing to determine the application.  In determining the application, the licensing authority may grant the application as submitted, grant the application with conditions, exclude a licensable activity from the licence or reject all or part of the application.  If no representations are received, the authority must grant the licence as submitted.

The licensing authority will notify its decision in writing to all parties to the hearing.

Applications can also be made to vary or transfer a licence. A hearing may be held if relevant representations are received or the police object to the transfer.

An application for an interim authority notice may be made following the death, incapacity or insolvency of a licence holder.  The application must be made within 28 days and, if accepted by the licensing authority, extends the licence for a further period of three months.

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 period.

Apply Online

You may Apply Online by clicking on the Online Application that you wish to apply for via the Related Links to the right of this page.

Applicant Appeal

If an application for a licence is refused the failed applicant can appeal.  Appeals must be made to a Magistrates' court within 21 days of notice of the decision.

Licence Holder Appeal

A licence holder may appeal against any decision of the licensing authority following a hearing.  Appeals must be made to a Magistrates' court within 21 days of notification of the decision.

Customer Complaint

If you have a complaint about a licensed premises, please try to resolve this direct with the licence holder in the first instance.  If you are unable to resolve the situation, please put your complaint in writing to the Licensing Team.

Other Redress

The chief police officer for the police area where the premises are located can apply to the licensing authority for a 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. A hearing will be held and the licence holder and other interested parties may make representations.

A chief police officer can give a notice to the licensing authority if they believe that the transfer of a licence to another, under a variation application could undermine crime prevention objectives. Such a notice must be given within 14 days of receiving notification of the application.

A chief police officer may apply to the licensing authority for a review of the licence if the premises are licensed to sell alcohol by retail and a senior member of the force has given a certificate to state that in their opinion the premises are associated with serious crime, disorder or both.

For premises which cause persistent problems, a Responsible Authority or any other person may apply to the licensing authority to review a premises licence. The review will be considered by the licensing authority at a hearing within a prescribed timescale.

Appeals must be made to a Magistrates' court within 21 days of notice of the decision.

Trade Associations

British Institute of Innkeeping

Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR)

Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematograph and Theatre Union (BECTU)

Federation of Licensed Victuallers Associations (FLVA)

Federation of Small Businesses

Institute of Entertainment and Arts Professionals (IEAP)