This page gives you information on how to apply for a interim authority notice. You will find details on how to apply including the application form, the fee payable, and any additional supporting material that must accompany your application.

A premises licence will lapse of the death, incapacity or insolvency of the holder. The effect of an interim authority notice is to reinstate the premises licence as if the person giving the notice is the holder of the licence. This allows licensable activities to continue for a maximum period of three months pending its formal disposal or transfer. You may give an interim authority notice if you:

  • have a legal interest in the premises as freeholder or leaseholder
  • are a limited company, partnership, unincorporated association or other  organisation with a legal interest in the premises as a freeholder or leaseholder
  • are a personal representative for the former premises licence holder (where the former licence holder has died)
  • have power of attorney
  • are the insolvency practitioner for the former premises licence holder.

What you need to do

You must give the notice to the licensing authority within 28 days beginning the day after the day licence lapsed. You must also send a copy of the notice and copies of any accompanying documents to the police. The notice becomes effective as soon as it is served on the licensing authority. The person who gives the notice then becomes the holder of the licence.


The notification must be accompanied by the prescribed fee.

How to apply

 You can apply for an interim authority notice in one of two ways:

 Apply online

  • complete the the online 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 interim authority notice application form
  • keep a copy of the completed form for your own records
  • send the original completed form 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).

What happens next

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

If we identify a problem

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

Objections by the police

If the police have concerns about crime and disorder, they may object to the application (within 2 working days). In such cases we will contact you. If you wish to proceed with the application we will hold a hearing of the councils licensing committee to decide on the notification.

If no objections are received

The notice comes into effect and will last for a maximum of three months. You must apply to transfer the licence within this time, otherwise the licence will lapse, We will issue you with the premises licence. You must notify the designated premises supervisor (DPS) of the interim authority notice.