Designated premises supervisor

What is a designated premises supervisor? 

Any premises where alcohol is supplied under a premises licence must have a DPS. 

The DPS:

  • is the person who has day-to-day responsibility of running the business
  • will be named on the premises licence and must hold a personal licence
  • is not necessarily the premises licence holder, although they may be 

The role of a DPS 

The DPS will: 

  • act as primary contact for local government and the police 
  • understand the social issues and potential problems associated with the sale of alcohol 
  • have a good understanding of the business itself 
  • be involved enough with the business to be able to act as its representative 
  • be contactable at all times 

The DPS does not need to be on site at all times. 

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Become a DPS 

You must: 

  • hold a personal licence 
  • be nominated by the premises licence holder for the role of DPS 
  • complete a consent form

There is no fee to consent to be a DPS. 

If you have a personal licence, you will need to include your licence number on the consent form. 

Online consent form 

Complete consent form online

Paper consent form 

If you prefer, you can download and complete the consent form:

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Change a DPS 

As the premises licence holder, if your DPS no longer works at the premises, you’ll need to apply for a licence variation to name a new DPS. 


Please complete the form to vary a DPS (external link)

You will need to have a completed DPS consent form.



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Page last updated:

December 28, 2022