Premises licence application

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.

You can find a list of responsible authorities in the Downloads and Resources section of this page.

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:

Application for a Premises Licence

Application for a Provisional Statement

Application for DPS to be disapplied

Application to vary a Premises Licence

Application to vary the DPS

Consent to be DPS

Application to Transfer a Premises Licence

Consent to Transfer

Notification of Interest

Interim Authority Notice

Application for a Minor Variation

Notification of change of name/address

Request to be removed as DPS

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.

An application is required to be advertised in a local newspaper, e.g. a new application or an application to vary an existing authorisation, it is the policy of the Council that the chosen newspaper should be one which is published daily or weekly and is widely available in the vicinity of the premises to which the application relates.

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.

An operating schedule is required for a premises licence application

In it the applicant sets out how it proposed that the the premises operate when carrying on licensable activities.  

The operating schedule must include the following information: 

  • the licensable activities to which the application relates 
  • the proposed hours of those activities and any other times during which it is proposed that the premises are to be open to the public
  • the duration of the licence (if it is to have a fixed term) 
  • where the relevant licensable activities include the supply of alcohol, whether the supplies are for
    consumption on and/or off premises 
  • the steps which it is proposed to take to promote the licensing objectives (for example, the arrangements for door security to promote the prevention of crime and disorder)

The significance of the operating schedule is that if the application for the premises licence is granted, it will be incorporated into the licence itself and will set out the permitted activities and the limitations on them.

What are the requirements relating to plans of premises?

A plan of the premises will have to be submitted with every application for a premises licence. The plan must be in a format which is “clear and legible in all material respects”, i.e. they must be accessible and provides sufficient detail for the licensing authority to be able to determine the application, including the relative size of any features relevant to the application. There is no requirement for plans to be professionally drawn as long as they clearly show all the prescribed information.

The plan will need to show:

  • the boundary of the building, if relevant, and any external and internal walls of the building and, if different, the perimeter of the premises
  • points of access and exits from the premises, and the location of escape routes if different
  • where the premises is to be used for more than one licensable activity, the area within the premises used for each activity
  • fixed structures (including furniture) or similar objects temporarily in a fixed location (but not furniture) which may impact on exits or escape routes
  • the location and height of any stage or raised area or area relative to the floor
  • any steps, stairs, elevators or lifts
  • any room or rooms containing public conveniences
  • the location and type of any fire safety and any other safety equipment including, if applicable, marine safety equipment
  • the location of a kitchen, if any, on the premises

The plan may include symbols to illustrate such matters, and a key to explain them.

If granted, the licence will be issued no later than two months from the date of application.

The fee for applying for a premises licence is subject to the non-domestic rateable value of the premises. Fees start from £100 with an annual charge starting from £70.

See the table below.

Main Fee Levels - dependant on non-domestic rateable values.







Non domestic rateable value

None to £4,300

£4,301 to £33,000

£33,001 to £87,000

£87,001 to £125,000

£125,001 plus

New application & variation*







Multiplier applied to premises used exclusively or primarily for the supply of alcohol for consumption on the premises


X2 (£900)

X3 (£1905)

Annual Charge*






Annual charge multiplier applied to premises used exclusively or primarily for the supply of alcohol for consumption on the premises


X2 (£640)

X3 (£1050)


*There are additional fees for premises licence applications, and the annual fee for exceptionally large scale events (5,000+), unless certain conditions apply. See the table below.

Additional fees

Number in attendance at any one time

Additional Premises licence fee

Additional annual fee payable if applicable

5,000 to 9,999



10,000 to 14,999



15,000 to 19,999



20,000 to 29,999



30,000 to 39,999



40,000 to 49,999



50,000 to 59,999



60,000 to 69,999



70,000 to 79,999



80,000 to 89,999



90,000 and over



Other fees

Application for the grant or renewal of a personal licence


Temporary event notice


Theft, loss, etc. of premises licence or summary


Application for a provisional statement where premises being built etc.


Notification of change of name or address


Application to vary licence to specify individual as premises supervisor


Application for transfer of premises licence


Interim authority notice following death etc. of licence holder


Theft, loss etc. of certificate of summary


Notification of change of name or alteration of rules of club


Change of relevant registered address of club


Theft, loss etc. of temporary event notice


Theft, loss etc. of personal licence


Duty to notify change of name or address


Right of freeholder etc. to be notified of licensing matters


Application for a minor variation


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Last updated: 18 May 2022 09:19:18