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 – 05:00
A premises is defined in the Licensing Act 2003 as any place or a part of any premises, vehicle, vessel or moveable structure.
Fees are based on the non-domestic rateable value of your premises.
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:
- a plan of the premises clearly showing the prescribed information
- Designated Premises Supervisor consent form
- a Document which demonstrates your entitlement to work in the UK. Alternatively you may demonstrate your right to work by allowing the Authority to carry out an online check with the Home Office by including your 9 digit share code in your application.
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
If an application is refused following a hearing, appeals may be made to a Magistrates' Court within 21 days of the decision to refuse.