The Licensing Act 2003 ("the Act") amalgamates six licensing regimes covering the sale and supply of alcohol, the provision of regulated entertainment, the provision of late night refreshment.
Businesses now apply for a premises licence to authorise all the licensable activities they wish to carry on. Premises licences are not be time limited.
The fee charges for the premises licence will be the same no matter what or how many licensable activities will take place on the premises.
Premises licences are issued by licensing authorities after notification to and scrutiny of all applications by the police, licensing authority and other responsible authorities. Any other person/persons may now also make representations.
Hearings on an application will only occur where representations from 'responsible authorities' are made or representations are received from 'any other person'.
The Act abolishes standard drinking hours allowing for flexible opening hours for premises, with the potential for up to 24 hour opening, seven days a week, subject to consideration of the impact on local residents, businesses and the expert opinion of a range of authorities in relation to the licensing objectives.
Applications and payment may be made online using the following links:
If you would like to print off an application you can download the form from here GOV.UK alcohol licensing page.
Copies of the application form, including any relevant accompanying documents, must be sent to the responsible authorities on the same day as the application is given to the relevant licensing authority. Applications must also be advertised to allow any other person to make representations.
In the case of an application for the grant or variation of a premises licence, the person making the application must display a pale blue A4 (or larger) notice, printed legibly in black ink or typed in black, in a size equal (or larger) to 16 font, prominently at or on the premises to which the application relates (where the premises covers an area of more than 50 metre squared, the same notice must be placed every 50 metres along the external perimeter of the premises). The notice must be displayed for 28 consecutive days, starting the day after the application is given to the relevant licensing authority.
In addition, a notice must be published in a local newspaper (or if there is none, in a local newsletter, circular or similar document) circulating in the vicinity of the premises, at least once during the 10 working days after the application is given to the relevant licensing authority.
Example adverts are attached to this page.
The licensing authority will also publish a public notice on its website which is available to view on the Licensing Public Notices page.
In all cases, the advertising notice needs to include:
- the name of the premises
- the postal address of the premises, or if none, a description to allow it to be identified
- a statement of the licensable activities proposed
- the postal and website address (if any) where the relevant licensing authority's register is kept and can be inspected
- the date by which any other person or responsible authority may make representations
- that representations may be made in writing
- that it is an offence knowingly or recklessly to make a false statement in connection with an application and the maximum fine for which a person is liable on summary conviction for the offence
In the case of an application to vary a premises licence, the notice must also briefly describe the proposed variation.
Where all the requirements relating to the application have been met and no relevant representations are made, during the 28 day consultation period, by responsible authorities or any other person in relation to it, the licensing authority must grant the licence in accordance with the application, subject only to any conditions which are consistent with the operating schedule and any mandatory conditions.
If relevant representations are received, the licensing authority must convene a hearing (unless parties agree that this is unnecessary), to consider the representations and, having regard to them, take one of a number of possible steps according to what it considers necessary for the promotion of the licensing objectives. This may result in the rejection of the application, the exclusion of a licensable activity, or granting of the licence, subject to mandatory conditions or conditions which are consistent with the operating schedule, modified to such extent as are considered necessary for the promotion of one or more of the licensing objectives.
For example, if the premises licence activity included the provision of regulated entertainment and if it was considered necessary for the promotion of the prevention of public nuisance, a licensing authority could attach a condition preventing the playing of amplified music after 11pm for a licensed premise in a quiet residential area.
For further information please see Premises licence application - Part 2.
- Example Advert For New Premises 2013
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- Example Advert Variation PREMISES 2013
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- Example Advert for Minor Variation PREMISES 2013
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- Responsible Authorities List 2017
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