If you wish to provide late-night refreshments and regulated entertainment, and sell or supply alcohol, you need to apply for a licence.

Overview

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
  • dance
  • 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.

Exemptions

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)

Conditions

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, e.g. 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

Guidance

Premises licence application forms

Application for a premises licence to be granted

Apply for a premises licence

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Application to vary a premises licence

Apply to vary a premises licence

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Application to transfer a premises licence

Apply to transfer a premises licence

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Application to vary a premises licence to specify an individual as designated premises supervisor

Apply to vary a premises licence to specify an individual as designated premises supervisor

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Consent of individual to being specified as premises supervisor

Consent to being specified as a premises supervisor form

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Application for minor variation of a premises licence

Apply for a minor variation of a premises licence

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Consent of premises licence holder to transfer

Consent form for premises licence holder to transfer

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Notification of an interest in premises

Notification of an interest in premises form

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Other related forms

Representation form from interested parties

Representation form

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Public notice of application for grant variation of premises licence or club premises certificate

Public notice of application for grant variation

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Interim authority notice

Interim authority notice

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Licence fees

Fee levels

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