Premises licences

You need a licence from the council if you are planning to sell or supply alcohol, late-night refreshments (hot food or drink sold between 11pm to 5am) or regulated entertainment.

You can read more about premises licences at GOV.UK or look up an existing licence.

1. How to apply

Apply for a new premises licence

View fees list

Further guidance for online applicants (PDF, 76KB)

For new, provisional statements or full variation applications, you must display notice.

For anything other than a new licence, please use the relevant form below:

Apply for a provisional statement
Apply for a variation of an existing licence
Apply for a minor variation of an existing licence
Apply to vary named Designated Premises Supervisor
Consent form for person to be Designated Premises Supervisor
Apply to be removed as Designated Premises Supervisor
Apply to transfer a licence to a new licensee
Consent form for licence holder to transfer licence
Apply for interim authority notice
Apply for notification of an interest in a licensed premise
Apply for notification of change of name or address

Information about applying by post

Displaying notice

For new, provisional statements or full variation applications a notice must be displayed on the premises for 28 days starting from the application date. A notice with the same information must also be displayed in a local newspaper within 10 days from the application date.

A notice is also required for a minor variation application for 10 working days from the day after the application is made. No newspaper public notice is required for minor variations.

Public notice templates
New premises licence (doc, 26KB)
Provisional statement (doc, 26KB)
Full variation of a premises licence (doc, 25KB)
Minor variation of a premises licence (doc, 26KB)

2. What happens next

Tacit consent applies meaning you can act as though your application is granted if you haven't heard from the council within 40 days for new, provisional and full variation applications, or within 30 days for all other application types.

Tacit consent does not apply for minor variation applications.

Find out about licensing appeals and complaints

3. Redress information

The chief police officer for the area where the premises are can apply to the Licensing Authority for a licence review if:

  • the premises are licensed to sell alcohol by retail
  • a senior officer has given a certificate stating they are of the opinion that the premises are associated with 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 notify the Licensing Authority if they think a variation application to transfer a licence to another could undermine crime prevention objectives. Notice must be given within 14 days of receiving notification of the application.

An interested party or responsible body may make representations in relation to a licence application or request the licensing body review a licence.

An interested party or responsible authority may apply to the Licensing Authority to review the premises licence. A hearing will be held by the Licensing Authority.

A chief police officer may make representations to the Licensing Authority for a review of the licence if:

  • the premises are licensed to sell alcohol by retail
  • 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.

Find out how to attend a hearing


Last updated: 21 February 2017
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