This page gives you information about the role of the designated premises supervisor (DPS) and how you can vary an existing premises licence to specify an individual as DPS. You will find details on how to apply including the application forms, the fee payable, and any additional supporting material that must accompany your application.

Every premises licensed for the sale of alcohol must have someone named as the designated premises supervisor (DPS).

Role of DPS

The DPS is responsible for the sale of alcohol at licensed premises. They also act as the main point of contact for any licensing, compliance or enforcement enquiries.

Who should be DPS

The DPS should be a person with sufficient authority to control and direct activities at the licensed premises. Normally, this is the person who has day to day responsibility for running the premises. The DPS can also be the premises licence holder. A premises licence can only name one DPS, but a DPS can be named on more than one premises licence.

Appoint a DPS

You must provide a DPS when applying for a premises licence. A premises licence can only name one DPS, but a DPS can be named on more than one premises licence.

Changing the DPS

If you change your DPS then you must apply to make a change to your premises licence. You can change the DPS in one of two ways:

How to apply

Apply online

  • complete the the online form and consent form
  • save a copy of the completed form for your own records
  • make the payment using a debit or credit card
  • you do not need to send an additional copy to the Police when you make an online application, as we will fulfil these requirements.  

 Apply by post

  • Complete and print the vary DPS application form
  • keep a copy of the completed form for your own records
  • send the original completed form and the original premises licence to the Licensing Team. You can pay over the phone by calling 0208 770 5000 or online
  • a copy of your application must be sent to the Police (Licensing Officer, Sutton Police Station, 6 Carshalton Road, Sutton, SM1 4RF)

Consent Form

The proposed DPS must complete and sign a consent form that confirms they agree to be responsible for the sale of alcohol at the premises. If the form is completed by hand and sent in the post, this document must be the original and not a copy.


The application must be accompanied by the prescribed fee.

What happens next

As soon as we receive your application, we will check to ensure that the application is valid and has been submitted to the police

If we identify a problem

If there is a minor problem with the application, we may contact you for further information or may return the application to you for correction. Where there is a fundamental error, the application may be rejected.

Objections by the police

If you apply to change the DPS and the police have concerns about the proposed person, they can object to the application (within 14 days). In such cases we will contact you. If you wish to proceed with the application we will hold a hearing of the council's licensing committee to decide on the application

If no objections are received

We will send the varied licence to you.

How long does it take to vary the DPS

We aim to process variation of DPS applications within 28 days of receipt (or sooner if the police raise no objection). However, you can ask that your application takes immediate effect from the date that we receive it by ticking the appropriate box on the application form.

Remove yourself as the DPS

If you no longer wish to be named as the DPS on a premises licence, you must tell us in writing.