A premises licence is required to authorise the following activities at a premises:

  • the sale by retail of alcohol
  • the provision of regulated entertainment
  • the provision of late night refreshment – 23:00 – 5:00

A premises is defined in the Licensing Act 2003 as any place or a part of any premises, vehicle, vessel or moveable structure.

More information on who needs a premises licence.

Fees

View a list of fees.

Fees are based on the non-domestic rateable value of your premises.

Apply

Apply for a premises licence

Applications must be advertised for a period of no less than 28 consecutive days, starting on the day after the application was given to the licensing authority.

Applicants are required to advertise their application according to the relevant regulations:   

Use the template notice to advertise your application:

Attachments required

The above should be uploaded as part of the application. If you are unable to do so the original documents should be sent to the licensing office. The application is not deemed to be received until all documents have been received.

Processing and timescales

The consultation period for applications is 28 days from receipt of the application. If representations are received during this period your application will go to a hearing which will take place within 20 working days from the end of the consultation period.

If no representations are received, the premises licence will be granted and issued.

Legislation and guidance

Licensing Act 2003

The Licensing Act 2003 (Premises licences and club premises certificates) Regulations 2005

Revised guidance issued under section 182 of Licensing Act 2003

Appeals

If an application is refused following a hearing, appeals may be made to a Magistrates' Court within 21 days of the decision to refuse.