Premises licence transfer (consent & application)

On 1 April the single new council for North Yorkshire launched replacing Scarborough Borough Council and other local authorites in North Yorkshire.

To find your Councillor or to view minutes, meetings and agendas please visit the North Yorkshire Council website.

If you wish to take over a premises licence, you must make an application to transfer it and also obtain consent from the existing licence holder.

A Premises Licence can only be transferred to a party who would be in a position to use the premises for licensable activities authorised by the Premises Licence.

An application to transfer a premises licence may usually only be made with the consent of the existing licence holder, however, consent may not be required if the applicant can demonstrate:

  • That they taken all reasonable steps to obtain that consent; and
  • That, if the applicant wishes the transfer to have immediate effect, he would be in a position to use the premises during the 14-day consultation period for the licensable activity or activities authorised by the premises licence.

If you wish to transfer a premises licence, you will need to complete and upload a consent form with your online application.

Should there be no representation to the application from the police, the application will be granted and the amended licence issued to you in due course. 


The fee to transfer a premises licence is £23.00.

Application, guidance notes or terms and conditions

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Attachments required

Premises Licence

Processing and timescales

If you apply online a copy of your application will be sent to North Yorkshire Police by the Licensing Team.

This application is in consultation for 14 days following receipt of the application.

The application will be granted the day after the end of the consultation period if no representations are received against the application. 

If relevant representations are received, a hearing will be held within 20 working days after end of the consultation period and you will be notified in writing.

If the application is granted the licence will be issued within 20 working days of the grant of the application. 

Validity and renewals

The Licence is valid whilst the premises is used for licensable activities and subject to annual fees, which the premises licence holder is liable to pay. We will automatically raise an invoice for the payment.


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Contact us in the first instance.


If an application for a licence is refused the failed applicant can appeal. 

Appeals are made to a Magistrates' court within 21 days of notice of decision. A licence holder may appeal against any conditions attached to a licence, a decision to reject a variation application, a decision to reject a transfer application or a decision to exclude an activity or person as premises supervisor.

Immigration checks

The Immigration Act 2016 has introduced measures to prevent illegal working in the alcohol and late night refreshment sector. The provisions commenced on 6 April 2017.

Our application forms have been updated and applicants must now provide evidence of their eligibility to work. A list of all acceptable documents is included within the forms and copies must be submitted to the Licensing Department together with the application form.