You must apply for a premises licence if your business wants to sell or supply alcohol or provide any licensable activities on a permanent basis, even if you don't sell or supply alcohol
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You must ensure that you have the correct planning permissions in order to turn a property into a licensed premises. For example:
If you've just acquired or moved into the property, it is worth checking with the proprietor or landlord if there is already a licence in place, if so you can apply to transfer a premises licenceapply to transfer a premises licence.
Fees depend on the rateable value of the premises. If your premises doesn't have a rateable value eg schools, community halls or open spaces, your premises will fall into the lowest fee band.
You will be charged the annual fee until you surrender your premises licence
Please note, there are increased application and annual fees for exceptionally large scale events (attendance of over five thousand).
If this applies to you, you can view the full fees table here
Download, complete, and return the application form with payment to the address shown on the form. You also need to send in a plan for your premises.
You must also send copies of your application to the police and other responsible authorities
You can also pay by credit or debit card by calling us on 01303 853660.
You'll need to:
This gives local residents and businesses 28 days to read your proposal and make representations if they wish.
We'll process your application in 24 hours and if there are no representations at the end of the 28 day representation period, we'll issue your licence 24 hours later.
If there are representations, the Licensing Sub-Committee will hold a hearing, which all parties will be invited to attend. At the hearing, the Licensing Sub-Committee will decide either to grant or reject your application.
We will write to you to confirm the decision, and tell you what you can do if you wish to appeal.