A premises licence is required to authorise the use of a premises for licensable activities. This includes the sale or supply of alcohol, the provision of regulated entertainment and the provision of late night refreshment (the provision of hot food or drink between 11pm and 5am).
You must submit the following with your application:
- Plan of the premises
- Consent form completed by the nominated Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) - required for applications that include the sale of alcohol
- Statutory notice template - see below
Processing and timescales
If posting the application, you are required to also serve a copy of the application, including the accompanying documentation, to the Responsible Authorities on the same day as the application is given to us. If the application is submitted electronically, we will provide copies to the Responsible Authorities by no later than the first working day after the application is received.
The consultation period is 28 days from receipt of the application. At the end of the consultation period if no representations are received, the licence shall be granted the day after the end of the consultation period and will be issued within the following 28 days.
If relevant representations are made against the application, a hearing will be held within 20 working days following the end of the consultation period, where the matter will be decided by the Licensing Sub-Committee. A notice will be sent within 10 working days of the decision being made.
As part of the application process, you must advertise your premises licence notice in two ways:
- Display a statutory notice at your premises for 28 consecutive days starting on the day after you submitted your application. This notice must be printed on pale blue paper, and be displayed so that it can be easily read from outside the premises at all times.
- Publish a public notice in a locally available newspaper, on one occasion, within 10 working days of submitting your application
Download a statutory notice template (PDF - 200KB) - This must be printed and displayed on pale blue paper
If no relevant representations (i.e. representations that were not deemed frivolous or vexatious) are received against your application, it will be granted as applied for upon completion of the consultation period.
A hearing must be held if any relevant representations are made (and not withdrawn) in respect of the application. If a hearing is held the licence can be granted or granted subject to additional conditions, licensable activities listed in the application can be excluded or the application can be rejected. We will send the decision to the applicant, along with any persons who made relevant representations and the chief of police.
The non-domestic rateable value (NDRV) of any premises can be checked on the Valuation Office Agency (VOA). NDRV is revalued every 5 years. Premises that do not have a NDRV are treated as falling into Band A for licensing fee purposes.
Validity and renewals
The licence is valid whilst the premises is being used for licensable activities and is subject to an annual fee. The annual fee is due on the anniversary of the grant of the licence an invoice shall be raised automatically and sent to the licence holder.
If you do not want to use the premises for licensable activities please ensure you surrender the premises licence.
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Contact us in the first instance.
There is a right of appeal against decisions of the Licensing Sub-Committee. Appeals should be made to a Magistrates' court within 21 days of notice of decision.
An applicant aggrieved by the refusal to grant a premises licence or by any condition attached to the grant of such a licence may appeal to a Magistrates Court.