Premises licences

A premises licence, or a club premises certificate, is a permanent licence granted for a specific location that authorises the holder to carry on any or all of the following licensable activities:
  • 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)
Premises licences can also be used to licence one-off events at which more than 500 people are expected to attend. For smaller one-off time limited events, a Temporary Event Notice may be more appropriate.
For a list of current applications, please see our Public register for current licensing applications (pdf)
Eligibility criteria
Any of the following may apply for a premises licence:
  • 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.
Applicants must not be under 18 years of age.


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 Premises Licence Application.docx .  If you do not submit your application online, you're responsible for ensuring that the  Responsible Authorities (pdf) listed receive a copy of of your application.

Applications to vary a premises licence can now be done online via the website.  Alternatively, you can fill in a word version which can be downloaded here  Application to vary a premises licence

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 blue notice template.  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*
£125,001 +   £635**

* 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

Designated Premises Supervisor
Every premises that sells alcohol has to specify an individual to take responsibility for the day to day control of a premises and to authorise other staff members to sell alcohol. This person is known as the Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) and must hold a personal licence.
If the Designated Premises Supervisor stops working at the premises, the holder of the premises licence will need to apply to specify a new individual.  If there is no DPS specified on the licence, no alcohol can be sold on the premises.
Certain 'community' premises can apply to remove the requirement to specify a DPS on their premises licence, for example, if a management committee are responsible for the licence instead of an individual, as with some Community Associations. The licence must be granted before any change can be made. Please contact us to ensure you are eligible before applying.

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 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) 

If you change your name (for example get married) or move house then you must notify the Licensing Authority of that change so that your licence can be amended. This application costs £10.50 and a new document will be issued. NOTE: If you hold a personal licence you will also need to update the Licensing Authority that issued it.  For more information please see our Personal Licence page


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 website.

Alternatively, you can fill in a word version which can be downloaded here; Minor Variation of a Premises Licence  or Full Variation of a Premises Licence


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 transfer a licence can be made online on the website. Alternatively, you can fill in a word version which can be downloaded here; Transfer a Premises Licence 

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 person named on a premises licence as the DPS must inform us if he/she wants to be removed as the designated premises supervisor (DPS). The DPS should complete the form Request to be removed as designated premises supervisor (pdf) and return this to us.
Within 48 hours of the notice being given to us they must give the premises licence holder:
  • 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

Premises licences have an unlimited duration, unless they are for short events and the holder has specified an expiry date.
A premises licence will only cease to have effect if it is surrendered by the licence holder, revoked by the Licensing Authority, or if the holder dies, becomes insolvent, or becomes mentally incapable.

Displaying your licence

You must display the ‘licence summary’ at your premises where it can be easily seen.
The other pages of the licence should be kept safely at the premises. Police or council officers can ask to inspect them at any time.

Annual Fee

You'll need to pay an annual fee for your premises licence.  This fee will be due each year on the anniversary of the date your licence was first granted. 
Annual fees are based on the non-domestic rateable value of the property and the fee will stay the same each year unless the rateable value of the property changes. 
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.

Surrendering the licence

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. 

Fines and penalties
You can be fined up to £1,000 for failing to produce your licence on request.
If you carry out any licensable activities at your premises without a premises licence, you can be fined, sent to prison for up to 6 months, or both.
Contact us
For further information about premises licences, or to discuss any particular issues, please email us at, or phone us on 01923 776611.