Apply for a premises licence

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

Before you start

Get pre-application advice

Our high quality, professional advice will make the process of applying for a premises licence run more smoothly. For more information, click here.

Planning permission

You must ensure that you have the correct planning permissions in order to turn a property into a licensed premises. For example:

  • by making sure that your premises is the correct use class, and if it isn't, putting in a planning application for a change of use; or,
  • checking for any restrictions on the building that would prevent it being used for licensable activities.


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.

How much it costs

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

Additional fees for large scale events

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

How to apply

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

Icon for pdf Application for a premises licence [417.75KB]
Icon for pdf Application for Variation of the Designated Premises Supervisor [238.0KB]

Icon for pdf Guidance for premises plans [40.04KB]
Icon for pdf Application form for: Minor Variation to a Premises Licence or Club Premises Certificate [139.94KB]

You can also pay by credit or debit card by calling us on 01303 853660.

Publicising your application

You'll need to:

  • display a notice of application at your premises; and
  • give notice to your local newspaper within 10 days of making your application.

Icon for pdf Notice of application for a premises licence [40.65KB]

This gives local residents and businesses 28 days to read your proposal and make representations if they wish.

What happens next?

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.

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