Covid-19: annual fees for premises licence and club premises certificate
Licensing Act 2003 fees are set centrally. Councils don’t have flexibility and the Act does not provide any mechanism to refund licence fees.
Premises licences are subject to an annual fee which is due on the anniversary of the grant of the licence. Invoices shall be sent when this is due.
Generally when annual fees become due but are not paid, the premises licence is suspended. This remains the default position.
Premises may be closed due to the lockdown when the annual fee becomes due. If no licensable activities are being conducted you may decide not to pay the annual fee and allow your licence to be suspended. Suspended premises licences can be re-instated upon receipt of the annual fee payment. Premises can be open with the licence suspended if no licensable activity is taking place i.e. restaurant selling food for takeaway or deliveries but no alcohol.
If you are entitled to remain open but are struggling to pay the annual fee due to the pandemic, please contact the licensing team to discuss.