Licensable activities include:
- selling alcohol (including online sales)
- serving hot food and drinks between 11pm and 5am
You’ll also need a licence if you provide the following types of entertainment:
- theatrical performance
- showing a film
- indoor sporting event
- boxing or wrestling (indoor or outdoor)
- live music
- recorded music
- facilities for making music
- dancing facilities
You still need a licence even if the activities are for charity.
The rules regarding premises licences are in the Licensing Act 2003 and the Licensing Act 2003 (Premises licences and club premises certificates) Regulations 2005.
You don’t need a licence for some types of entertainment, including:
- educational or promotional films
- films shown as part of an exhibition in a museum or gallery
- incidental music (live or recorded)
You must be, or appoint, a designated premises supervisor (DPS) when you apply for a licence. A DPS must have a personal licence to sell alcohol.
Before you start
You’ll need to provide:
- your details
- a consent form for the Designated Premises Supervisor if alcohol is to be sold (the person nominated will need to have a personal licence)
- a plan of the premises showing certain criteria
- an operating schedule (hours when alcohol will be sold)
- a copy of a relevant document proving you have the right to work in the UK
- the application fee
Premises licence fees
You’ll be charged a fee that’s based on the rateable value of the property.
Most premises licences have an unlimited duration but you will have to pay an annual fee.
Non-domestic rateable value
Application for grant
Application for variation
Application for minor variation
(£0 - £4,300)
(£4,301 - £33,000)
(£33,001 - £87,000)
(£87,001 - £125,000)
Other premises licence fees
- Application for a copy following theft or loss - £10.50
- Notification of change of name or address - £10.50
- Application to vary to specify an individual as a Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) - £23.00
- Application to transfer a premises licence - £23.00
- Application for interim authority notice following death of licence holder - £23.00
Additional application and annual fees
There are additional fees to pay for activities which involve 5,000 or more people.
|Number of people||Application fee||Annual fee|
|5,000 - 9,999||£1,000||£500|
|10,000 - 14,999||£2,000||£1,000|
|15,000 - 19,999||£4,000||£2,000|
|20,000 - 29,999||£8,000||£4,000|
|30,000 - 39,999||£16,000||£8,000|
|40,000 - 49,999||£24,000||£12,000|
|50,000 - 59,999||£32,000||£16,000|
|60,000 - 69,999||£40,000||£20,000|
|70,000 - 79,999||£48,000||£24,000|
|80,000 - 89,999||£56,000||£28,000|
|90,000 and over||£64,000||£32,000|
Apply or amend a premises licence
- New premises licence - tacit consent applies after 56 days
- Full variation of premises licence - tacit consent applies after 56 days
- Minor variation of premises or club premises - tacit consent applies after 15 days
- Transfer of premises licence - tacit consent applies after 14 days
- Transfer consent form - part of application
- Interim authority notice - tacit consent applies after 7 days
Designated Premises Supervisor forms
- Vary DPS on a premises licence - tacit consent applies after 14 days
- DPS consent form - part of application
- Disapply DPS requirement - tacit consent applies after 56 days
- Request to be removed as DPS - tacit consent applies after 56 days
After you've made an application
There is a 28 day period during which the responsible authorities and any other person can make representations about a new premises licence application. If no representations are received within this 28 day period, the application is granted with the relevant mandatory conditions and any conditions consistent with your operating schedule.
If representations are received, the application process can take longer as a licensing sub-committee might need to be arranged to to hear the application.
Displaying your application notice
You must display your ‘application notice’ at or on the premises for 28 days from the day after it was submitted.
Appealing a decision
If your licence application is refused, you can appeal. Appeals should be made to the Magistrates Court within 21 days of being notified of the Licensing Authority's decision.
You can also appeal against any conditions attached to your premises licence, including a decision to:
- exclude a licensable activity from the licence
- exclude a person from being the DPS
- reject a variation application or a transfer application
Displaying your licence
You must display the ‘licence summary’ at your premises where it can be easily seen.
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.