Alcohol and Entertainment

Premises Licence (LA2003)

A premises licence is needed if you wish to provide the sale or supply of alcohol, late-night refreshments or playing live or recorded music, films and plays.

To apply, you must be over 18 years old and must send the application to the licensing authority for the area where the premises are located, which doesn't have to be where your business is registered or where you live.

Further considerations before applying:

  • Applicants must advertise their application and send a copy of the application to all the Responsible Authorities, e.g. the local authority, chief police officer or fire and rescue authority
  • Once an application has been submitted, a hearing must be held if any representations are made against the granting of a licence. If a hearing is held, the licence can be granted or granted subject to additional conditions, licensable activities can be excluded or the application can be refused
  • The licensing authority will serve a notice of its decision on the applicant and any person who has made relevant representations (i.e. representations that were not deemed frivolous or vexatious) and the chief of police
  • Applications can also be made to vary or transfer a licence. A hearing may have to be heard if representations are made
  • Other applications that can be made are applications for an interim authority notice following the death, incapacity or insolvency of a licence holder or review applications

For more information about all aspects of Premises (Alcohol) licensing, please visit GOV.UK - Alcohol Licensing and also reading the Guidance for the Licensing Act 2003.

Apply for for a premises licence.

You will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the local authority by the end of the target completion period which is 40 days after submission of your application.

Making a licensing enquiry 

If you would like to make a licensing enquiry, please use the online form.

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