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Application Guidance 

Applicant guidance - Personal and premises licences [328KB]

Who needs to apply

You'll need a premises licence if you want to sell alcohol.  You will also need a premises licence to serve hot food and drinks between 11pm and 5am. A premise licence doesn't have an expiry date, it is effective until it is either revoked, suspended, surrended or lapses.

An individual (over the age of 18), business or partnership can apply.  

All premises authorising the sale of alcohol must identify a person who has responsibility for the day to day running of the premises. This person is known as the Designated Premises Supervisor and therefore if your application includes the sale of alcohol  (DPS) a consent form [12KB]  will need to be completed. An application may be submitted for community premises to disapply the manditory condition in respect of a designated premises supervisor.

You'll also need a licence if you provide the following types of entertainment:

  • plays
  • showing a film
  • indoor sporting event
  • boxing or wrestling (indoor or outdoor)
  • live and recorded music
  • performance of dance

You may still need a licence even if the activities are for charitiable purposes.

How much it costs

Premises licence fee on GOV.UK

How to apply

Apply online for your Premises Licence

How to vary

How to vary or transfer your licence.

How to vary or remove a DPS from a premises licence.

Interim Authority Application - Premises

When the holder of a licence dies suddenly or becomes bankrupt or mentally incapable, an "interim authority" notice may be given to the licensing authority. This must be submitted within seven days of the end of the previous license.

The notice may be given by a person who has an interest in the premises concerned or is connected to the former holder of the premises licence. For the purposes of an Interim Authority a person has a prescribed interest if:

  • the former holder has died and that person is their personal representative
  • the former holder has become mentally incapable and that person acts for him/her under a power of attorney
  • the former holder has become insolvent and that person is his/her insolvency practitioner

Interim Authority application form [86KB]

Other forms you may need

Online application interim authority notice

Online application notification of interest

Application for a provisional statement to be granted [183KB]