Premises licences

Apply for, vary or transfer a premises licences

You will need to apply for a premises licence if you want to provide public entertainment, films or plays, late night refreshment and/or alcohol. If you have a licence and want to vary it or transfer it, you will also need to apply to us.

Apply for a provisional statement

If you are planning to apply for a premises licence, you can first apply for a provisional statement, to get an indication of whether or not you'll get a premises licence.

You can apply for a provisional statement for premises that is being/about to be built, extended or altered for one or more licensable activities.

As well as the completed application form, you'll need to outline your schedule of works and attach plans of the works being done.

A provisional statement does not convert into a premises licence once the construction is complete - you will need to also apply for a premises licence.

A provisional statement application costs £315, so make sure you have your debit or credit card handy.

Apply for a provisional statement

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Apply for a new premises licence

You can apply and pay online at the government website.

As well as the completed application form, you will also need to upload a premises plan and a consent form completed by proposed designated premises supervisor (DPS).

Various fees apply, so double check the fee you will need to pay before applying and make sure you have your debit or credit card handy.

Apply for a new premises licence

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Apply to vary an existing premises licence

If you want to make changes to your premises licence, you will need to apply to vary your licence.

Possible changes could include changing opening/serving hours, adding new licensable activities, amending, adding or removing conditions within a licence, or altering any aspect of the layout of the premises which is shown on the plan.

Any substantial alterations to the layout or any changes which relate to the sale of alcohol will require you to submit a full application to vary a premises licence. However, for some/minor changes, you may be able to submit a minor variation application - contact our licensing team to check first.

You can submit your application and pay online through the government website - double check the fee you will need to pay and have your debit or credit card handy. You will also need to submit:

  • Your curent premises licence
  • A plan of the premises (if the variation includes changes to the internal layout of the premises)

Submit a minor variation application

Submit a full variation application

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Apply to transfer an existing premises licence

If you wish to take over a premises licence, you must make an application to transfer it and also obtain consent from the existing licence holder.

You can submit your application and pay online through the government website - double check the fee you will need to pay and have your debit or credit card handy.

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Displaying your licence

You must display the licence summary at your premises where it can be easily seen. The licence will name the DPS.

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.