Premises licence

You need a premises licence if you:

Any persons applying for a premises licence or full variation should contact the licensing authority and Police to seek advice and guidance prior to submission. This will give the applicant the best possible chance of being successful in their application.

Licensing authority
Phone: 01823 219152

Police licensing officer: Nicola Cooper

Anyone over 18 can apply for a premises licence.

Please note: It can take at least 2 months to process and issue a premises licence.

You can apply for a premises licence online or download an application form and a designated premises supervisor (DPS) consent form.  Alternatively you can collect an application pack from the main reception desk at the council offices or please contact us at if you would like us to email you one.

In order to apply you will need to download and complete the application form. You must return it with the appropriate fee and a plan of the premises, to a scale of 1:100. To find out what must be included on the plan please read the premises licence application plan details.  You must send copies of the application to the responsible authorities. You must display a public notice on the premises and in a local newspaper, advising interested parties (people who live near of the premises) that you have made an application and that they can view a copy at Deane House. A guide to public notices is also available.

If you would like to be able to supply alcohol you will need a person that holds a personal licence.

When we receive your application there is a 28 day consultation period before can make a decision.
If an interested party or responsible authority objects to the application, the objection must relate to one or more of the four licensing objectives. These are:

If we receive valid representations and cannot reach an agreement with you, your application will be heard by the Licensing Sub-Committee. The hearing must take place within 20 working days of the end of the consultation period.

The application fee is based on the non-domestic rateable value of the premises. These are as follows:

When a premises licence is granted an annual fee is due on the date the licence was granted. This annual fee is dependent on the non domestic rateable value of the premises:

We will send you an invoice before the annual fee is due.

Laws and regulation

Premises licences are granted under the Licensing Act 2003.