Alcohol and entertainment licensing – premises licence
Alcohol, regulated entertainment and late night refreshment – premises licence
To provide late-night refreshments and regulated entertainment, and to sell alcohol, you need a licence from the local authority if you are in England and Wales.
Application fees vary depending on the national non-domestic rates (NNDR) of the premises. See licensing fees link below for current charges
- Any of the following may apply for a premises licence
- Anyone who uses carries on a business in the premises to which the application relates
- A recognised club
- A charity
- A health service body
- A person who is registered under the care standards act 2000 in relation to an independent hospital
- A chief police officer of a force in England and Wales
- Anyone discharging a statutory or function under Her Majesty’s prerogative
- A person from an educational institute
- Any other permitted person
Applicants must not be under 18 years of age
Applications must be sent to the licensing authority for the area where the premises are located.
Applications must be in a specific format and be accompanied by any required fee. An operating schedule, a plan of the premises which must be clear and legible in all material respects and a form of consent from the premises supervisor (for applications where the sale of alcohol will be a licensable activity).
An operating schedule will include details of:
- The licensable activities
- The times when the activities will take place
- Any other times when the premises will be open to the public
- In the case of applicants who wish to have a limited licence, the period the licence is required for
- Information in respect of the premises supervisor
- Whether any alcohol that is to be sold is for consumption on or of the premises or both
- The steps proposed to be taken to promote the licensing objectives
- Any other required information
Applicants are required to advertise their application by displaying a notice at the premises. In addition the notice must be advertised in a newspaper which circulates in the area of the premises within ten working days of the application being made.
If no representations are received the licensing authority must grant the application, which can be subject to conditions. A hearing must be held if any representations are made 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.
The licensing authority will serve a notice of its decision on the applicant, any person who has made relevant representations (ie representations that were not deemed frivolous or vexatious) and the chief of police.
Other applications that can be made are applications for an interim authority notice following the death, incapacity or insolvency of a licence holder or review applications as well as transfer of licences and changes to the designated premise supervisor.
No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact it. You can do this online here if you applied through the UK Welcomes service or use the contact details.
In the event of a failed or refused premises licence application please contact the public protection – licensing team in the first instance.
If an application for a licence is refused the failed applicant can appeal. Appeals are made to a Magistrates’ court within 21 days of notice of the decision.
Licence holder redress
Please contact public protection – general licensing for further information.
If an application is made by the chief police officer, as detailed below, and interim steps are taken by the licensing authority you may make representations. A hearing must be held within 48 hours of your representations.
A licence holder may appeal against any conditions attached to a licence, a decision to reject a variation application, a decision to reject a transfer application or a decision to exclude an activity or person as premises supervisor.
Appeals are made to a Magistrates’ court within 21 days of notice of the decision.
We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made by you – preferably in the form of a letter or e-mail to the trader (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked please contact our licensing team. Alternatively, if you are located in the UK, citizens advice can help. From outside the UK contact the UK European consumer centre.
Any complaints about the application process or any other concerns should be made direct to our licensing team in the first instance.
The Chief Police Officer for the police area where the premises are located can apply to the licensing authority for a review of the licence if the premises are licensed to sell alcohol by retail and a senior officer has given a certificate that they are of the opinion that the premises are associated with either serious crime or disorder or both. A hearing will be held and the licence holder and other interested parties may make representations.
An interested party or responsible body may make representations in relation to a licence application or request the review of a licence. A hearing will be held by the licensing authority.
An interested party or relevant authority who made relevant representations may appeal against the decision. Appeals are made to a Magistrates’ court within 21 days of notice of the decision.
Public registers or databases
Available on request, please contact the licensing team.