- the sale of alcohol
- the supply of alcohol by a club to its members and guests
- the provision of regulated entertainment (including plays, films, indoor sports, music and dancing) and
- the sale of late-night refreshment (hot food and drink supplied between 11pm and 5am)
- anyone who 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 function under Her Majesty's prerogative;
- a person from an educational institute; or any other permitted person.
Applications for a Premises Licence to be granted under the Licensing Act 2003 (for new premises licences) can now be done online via the Gov.UK website.
Alternatively, you can fill in a word version which can be downloaded here. If you do not submit your application online, you're responsible for ensuring that the listed receive a copy of of your application.
Applications to vary a premises licence can now be done online via the Gov.uk website. Alternatively, you can fill in a word version which can be downloaded here
Premises licensed to sell alcohol using a Premises Licence must name a designated premises supervisor (DPS) who holds a Personal Licence to Sell Alcohol. To apply for a Personal Licence, please see our Personal Licence page.
If you want to make an application for a Club Premises application, please fill in our attached Application for a club premises certificate . Club Premises Certificates do not need a DPS.
Advertising licence applications
Blue Notices are for premises licences applications, variations and club premises certificates. The notice should be displayed at the premises on A4 blue paper for 28 days. Day 1 is the day following the day the complete application is received at the Local Authority. If you are unsure please check with us. Please be aware this document should be printed on blue paper as required by Regulation 25 of the Licensing Act 2003.
A specimen notice of available. This will need to be displayed regardless of if you applied online or via the Word applications. This notice needs to be tailored for your premises and has to be printed on blue paper. You can buy blue paper in local shops or online
Publication of the same notice in a local newspaper, circulating in the vicinity of the premises within ten working days starting on the day after the day on which the application was given to the council. Please provide a copy of the newspaper to the licensing department to support the application.
The application fee depends on the rateable value of the premises
|Rateable Value||Application Fee|
|£0 - £4,300||£100|
|£4,300 - £33,000||£190|
|£33,001 - £87,000||£315|
|£87,001 - £125,000||£450*|
* premises primarily or exclusively selling alcohol for consumption on the premises pay £900
** premises primarily or exclusively selling alcohol for consumption on the premises pay £1,905
Vary the Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS)
If a Premises Licence authorises the sale of alcohol a designated premises supervisor (DPS) must be named on the licence. If the DPS leaves you must apply to have a new personal licence holder named on the licence before you can sell alcohol. This application costs £23.00, only the Police are consulted and it can take immediate effect.
To vary a Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) from a premises licence, you can now apply online via the Gov.uk website. Alternatively, you can fill in the following form Designated Premises Supervisor variation form
Change of name or address of Licence Holder or Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS)
Applications for Form of consent given by the person whom the applicant wishes to be the premises supervisor (Schedule 2) can now be done online via the Gov.UK website using the following link. Alternatively, you can fill in the following Consent of individual to being specified as premises supervisor
Making changes to the licence
A licensed business may need to make changes to their licence from time to time. Applications to vary the licence can be made for any of the following:
- Changing the layout of the premises,
- to provide additional licensable activities at the premises,
- Increasing the times that licensable activities are provided; and
- adding, removing or changing conditions imposed upon the licence.
A Minor Variation may be applied for for small changes that will not harm any of the following four licensing objectives:
- the prevention of crime and disorder
- public safety
- prevention of a public nuisance
- protection of children from harm
It is for the Licensing Authority to decide whether the proposed changes could harm a licensing objective and minor variations are generally seen to include:
- small changes to the structure or layout of the premises
- small adjustments to licensing hours
- removing out of date, irrelevant or unenforceable conditions
- adding conditions
- to add certain licensable activities
- to reduce the hours for the sale or supply of alcohol or to move the current times (without increasing them) between 7am and 11pm
The minor variation procedure cannot be used to increase the times for selling or supplying alcohol.
Larger changes that may have an adverse effect on the licensing objectives will require a Full Variation Application. Those changes that require a full variation include:
- changes to increase the times alcohol can be sold or supplied
- to add the sale or supply of alcohol as a new licensable activity
- to sell alcohol between 11pm and 7am
- large structural changes to the premises that affect the licensable activities
- to extend the duration of a time limited premises licence
Applicants who are unsure as to the effect the proposed changes may have on the licensing objectives are advised to contact the relevant Licensing Authority or seek independent legal advice.
If the changes are such that they would completely change the nature of the business, we may ask you to apply for a new licence.
Applications to vary a licence can be made online on the Gov.uk website.
If a business changes hands the licence must be transferred into the new name. Until this is done the existing licence holder will remain responsible for any issues at the premises and the annual maintenance fee. This application costs £23.00, only the Police are consulted.
Applications to Consent to transfer can now be done online via the Gov.UK link above. Alternatively, you can fill in the attached Consent to Transfer
Removal of DPS
- a copy of the notice sent to us, and
- a notice directing the licence holder to send to us within 14 days, the premises licence or, if that is not practicable, a statement of the reasons for the failure to provide the licence.
Duration of licence
Displaying your licence
|Band||Rateable value||Annual premises licence fee|
|A||Not rated, or up to £4,300||£70|
|B||From £4,301 to £33,000||£180|
|C||From £33,001 to £87,000||£295|
|D||From £87,001 to £125,000||£320|
|E||£125,001 or more||£350|
We'll send you an invoice for the annual fee in the post around a month before the fee is due. The invoice will tell you the date by which you'll need to have paid the fee. You can pay your annual fee online on by calling customer services on 01923 776611. You can find all of the necessary details on the invoice we sent you.
If you no longer need a premises licence, for example if your premises is closing down, let us know in writing. If the premises stops trading and you do not surrender the licence, you will continue to be liable for any annual fees for as long as the licence remains in force.