If you wish to provide late-night refreshments and regulated entertainment, and sell or supply alcohol, you need to apply for a licence.
You must apply for a premises licence if you intend to sell alcohol or provide licensable activities from a particular venue.
Licensable activities include:
- selling alcohol
- serving hot food and drinks between 11pm and 5am
You'll also need a licence if you provide the following types of entertainment:
- theatrical performance
- showing a film
- indoor sporting event
- boxing or wrestling (indoor or outdoor)
- live music
- recorded music
- facilities for making music
- dancing facilities
You still need a licence even if the activities are for charity.
You may have to pay Machine Games Duty on any gaming machines you have on your premises.
You don't need a licence for some types of entertainment, including:
- educational or promotional films
- films shown as part of an exhibition in a museum or gallery
- incidental music (live or recorded)
You must be, or appoint, a designated premises supervisor (DPS) when you apply for a licence. A DPS must have a personal licence to sell alcohol
There may be other conditions added to your licence, eg having an age-checking policy if you sell alcohol.
How to apply
Applicants must be 18 years or older. You will need to apply for a premises licence if:
- You do not currently have a premises licence which relates to one of the licensable activities; or
- You already sell or supply alcohol and / or provide regulated entertainment and want to change how you currently operate
- You will need to make your application 2 months prior to the start of trading or any variation