What Is a premises licence?
A premises licence is granted by a licensing authority to permit one or more licensable activities to take place on the premises. The licensable activities are:
- Sale of alcohol by retail
- Supply of alcohol in club premises (under the terms of a club premises certificate)
- Provision of regulated entertainment
- Provision of late-night refreshment
The premises do not have to be a physical building and a premises licence can be granted for:
- Moveable structures such as beer tents and burger vans.
- Open spaces such as fields for festivals.
- Vessels such as river/canal boats.
Once granted, a premises licence is valid indefinitely until such time as:
- The licence is revoked.
- The premises licence holder dies or becomes incapacitated or is made bankrupt.
- The licence is formally surrendered to the licensing authority.
Who can apply for a premises licence?
A premises licence can be applied for by an individual who is 18 or over, a company that operates the business or an organisation such as a charity or educational institution.
Once granted, the individual, company or organisation becomes the licence holder with responsibility for the legal operation of the premises.
Most sales of alcohol are sales of alcohol by retail, regardless of the amount of alcohol purchased, and all sales will therefore require a premises licence and a designated premises supervisor (who is the holder of a personal licence).
How to apply for a premises licence
An application for a premises licence is made to the Licensing Authority in the area where the premises are situated. The application itself consists of:
- Application form (sent either by post or electronically)
- Operating Schedule
- DPS details and a signed consent form (if application is for sale of alcohol by retail)
- Plan of the premises in a specific format
- Document showing the applicant is entitled to work in the UK
- Application fee
The premises licence application will then need to be advertised:
- In the local newspaper and
- An A4-size notice displayed on or outside the premises
Inn Confidence premises licence application service
Inn Confidence provides a fixed-fee service for premises licence applications for the:
- Grant of a new premises licence (£650 ex vat)
- Full variation of an existing premises licence (£500 ex vat)
(Prices exclude vat and licensing disbursements)
Click ‘here’ to instruct us for your premises licence application
What does this cover?
- Risk Assessment by an experienced consultant
- Liaison with the applicant and the responsible authorities
- Preparation, completion & submission of all forms of application including the Operating Schedule
- Preparation and the posting of notices for the premises and in the local press
- Negotiation with any concerned parties throughout the 28 days consultation period
What would be extra?
- The cost of suitable layout plans to accompany the application (which we can arrange for you)
- The newspaper notice fee (usually around £200-£300)
- The licensing application fee (grant or full variation is usually £100 or £190)
- Representation at a licensing hearing (if there are stubborn objections that cannot be negotiated away).
The premises licence application fee is based on the non-domestic rateable value of your premises, whether the premises are used ‘exclusively or primarily for the supply of alcohol for consumption on the premises’ and whether you host any events with more than 5,000 attendees at time.