- What is a premises licence?
- After applying
- Duration of a premises licence
- Annual fee
- Premises that are currently being built or altered
You need a premises licence to:
- sell or supply alcohol
- provide regulated entertainment
- provide late night refreshment
The sale or supply of alcohol
You will need a licence to:
- sell alcohol by retail
- supply alcohol to members of a club
You need a licence whether or not your customers consume the alcohol on or off the premises.
Regulated entertainment is one of the following:
- a performance of a play
- an exhibition of a film
- an indoor sporting event
- a boxing or wrestling entertainment (indoors or outdoors)
- a performance of live music
- a performance of dance
- any playing of recorded music
If you aren’t sure if you need a premises licence for entertainment, please check the entertainment licensing guidance (external link).
Late night refreshment
Late night refreshment is hot food and drink supplied to members of the public:
- between 11pm and 5am
- consumed on or off the premises
Responsibilities of a premises licence holder
Before applying for a premises licence, it’s important to understand your responsibilities as a licence holder.
You’ll be expected to uphold 4 equally important licensing objectives:
- the prevention of crime and disorder
- public safety
- the prevention of public nuisance
- the protection of children from harm
Find out more about being a responsible licensee.
You must be:
- 18 or over
- have the right to work in the UK
The fee depends on your rateable value. Check the rateable value (external link) of your premises if you’re unsure.
Please see our table of fees.
What you need to provide
Your application must include:
- a clear and legible plan of the premises
- a form of consent from the designated premises supervisor if you will be selling alcohol
- proof of your right to work in the UK
- details of your operating schedule including when the premises is open, when licensable activities are provided and how you will meet the 4 licensing objectives – further information is available in premises licence guidance (external link)
Online application form
You must include your supporting documents with your online application.
We accept the following file types:
doc, docx, jpeg, jpg, jpe, pdf, png, tiff, tif
You can pay by credit/debit card or PayPal.
Keep a note of your application reference as you may need it for other licences you apply for.
Before applying, we recommend reading the premises licence guidance notes (external link).
Paper application form
If you prefer, you can download and complete the application form:
We will contact you to take payment over the phone.
Your application will go through a 28-day consultation process.
During that time you must:
- advertise your application
- notify responsible authorities (only if application form is posted)
Advertising your application
Applications for a premises licence must be advertised by putting:
- a notice on the premises
- an announcement in a local newspaper
Please see the instructions and template:
Notifying responsible authorities
If you post your application form to us, you must send copies of your application to the relevant responsible authorities.
Processing your application
At the end of the 28-day consultation period, you will be given the licence if:
- there are no outstanding objections
- all requirements are met
If you haven’t heard from us after the 28-day consultation period, tacit consent applies. This means you can act as if the premises licence has been granted.
If objections are made to your application
We’ll let you know if we receive any objections to your application.
Applications with outstanding objections are taken to the next available Licensing Sub Committee.
The Licensing Sub Committee will consider the objections and make a decision within 20 working days from the end of the consultation period.
You can appeal licensing decisions.
Once approved, your premises licence is valid for the life of the premises, unless stated otherwise.
You need to pay a fee for your premises licence each year. This should be paid on the anniversary of being granted the licence.
We may send you an invoice each year to pay this.
Please see the table of fees.
You can apply for a provisional statement while your premises are:
- being built
- about to be extended or altered
Please complete the application form (external link).
020 8489 8232
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