Premises Licence Application Process

The application is made to the licensing authority in which the premises is situated and the application itself consists of:

  • Application form
  • Signed consent form for the designated premises supervisor (if the application includes the sale of alcohol)
  • Plan of the premises in a specific format.
  • Application fee.

The main purpose of the licensing process is to promote the 4 licensing objectives and applications will include an ‘operating schedule’

An operating schedule will include details of:

  • the licensable activities the premises licence is to cover
  • the times the activities will take place
  • the times when the premises will be open to the public
  • Who is the designated premises supervisor?
  • whether any alcohol that is to be sold, is for consumption on or of the premises or both
  • the steps proposed to be taken to promote the 4 licensing objectives

How much does a premises licence application cost?

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.

Advertising your premises licence application

As part of the premises licence application the applicant must:

  • display a notice of the application at the premises for 28 days starting from the day after the application was submitted
  • publish a notice of the application in a locally circulated newspaper within 10 working days starting from the day after the application was submitted.

The site notice must be:

  • on pale blue paper
  • A4 size or larger
  • large font – font size 16 or larger

What happens after the premises licence application has been submitted?

Once the application has been submitted there is a 28 day consultation  / representation period. If after the 28 days there haven’t been any relevant representations from any of the responsible authorities or relevant persons, the licence will be granted. If there have been representations and the local authority deem them to be relevant, they will arrange a licensing hearing. At the hearing the application will be granted, granted with extra conditions or rejected and refused.

Premises Licence Application Service from £785+vat

This service is for premises based in England & Wales.

We would conduct a thorough risk assessment, liaising with the applicant and the responsible authorities throughout. We would prepare, complete and submit a suitable, valuable and flexible operating schedule, submit all forms of application to the relevant authorities and liaise with any potential ‘objectors’ on your behalf throughout the 28 day ‘consultation’ period before the licence is granted. We would also prepare the notices for display on the premises licence application and in the local newspaper.

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 consultation period

What's not included:
Licensing Authority fee 
Newspaper notice fee

Whilst there can never be a guarantee that a licence will be granted, the Licensing Act 2003 is underpinned by a presumption of ‘grant’ of licences, nevertheless, effective negotiation and a strong application are still required to avoid attracting objections.

Application process stages:
1. Initial consultation – Please complete the attached questionnaire • Who will hold the licence (company or individual) • Proposed DPS • Opening hours to the public • Licensable activities being applied for • Hours of operation for each licensable activity being applied for • Operating schedule basics – how it is proposed that the business will uphold the 4 core licensing objectives.
2. 1st Draft of application – we will complete the 1st draft of the application following further research into the local licensing policy and any additional policies such as ‘saturation policies’ and/or ‘cumulative impact policies’ which may be present in the area. We may need to consult with you further should any complication or conflict arise between your proposed activities and the Local licensing policy.
3. Submission – once the application is complete and we have consulted with you to ensure that you are happy with the application, we will submit to the local licensing authority at which point will start the 28 days statutory consultation period. During this time we will monitor the application and mediate with any responsible authorities or members of the public making representations.
4. Advertising – once the application is submitted and the council fees paid, a public notice is required to appear in a local newspaper within the first 10 days of the application being received, along with site notices to the same effect being placed on the premises at point of application and for the entire 28 day consultation period. We will prepare these notices and arrange for publication as well as giving instructions over the display at the property.
5. Statutory 28 day consultation period - Should there be no objections either received or remaining by the end of the 28 day period then the licence will be deemed granted.

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