Who needs a premises licence
You may need a premises licence if you want to provide one or more of the following licensable activities:
- sale or supply of alcohol
- provision of regulated entertainment
- provision of late night refreshment (that is the sale of hot food or drink at any time between 11pm - 5am).
Any business that carries on one or more licensable activity will need a premises licence, including cinemas, pubs, takeaways and late night cafes.
Please note: The Live Music Act deregulates dancing and amplified and unamplified music in certain circumstances. Please see the document Live Music Act for more information.
Who can apply
Individuals, businesses or partnerships can all apply for a premises licence. In the case of an individual(s), the applicant must be aged 18 or over and be eligible to work in the UK.
How to apply
There are currently two methods of submitting an application for a new premises licence. The standard hard copy method of submitting documents and the electronic method which involves you submitting an application via the internet.
Hard Copy applications
To make a standard hard copy application you must:
- submit a completed application form, including an 'operating schedule'
- send copies of the application form and supporting documents to the Responsible Authorities.
- submit a plan of the premises in the prescribed form
- if the application seeks to allow the supply alcohol, submit a completed designated premises supervisor
- consent form must be provided
- If the application is applied for by an individual or non incorporated partnership, then evidence of the applicant’s eligibility to work in the UK must be provided
- submit the fee
- advertisement the application in the local press (Once and within 10 days of making the application)
- advertise the application on the premises by way of a light blue notice (displayed of the duration of the consultation period)
You can download a copy of a new premises licence application form here
An electronic application can also be made online. Please note that if you apply using the online form you do not have to send a copy of your application or accompanying documentation to the Responsible Authorities. This will be done for you by the Licensing Team. You must however ensure that you pay and submit all the relevant documents that accompany your online application electronically and at the time of submitting it to the council.
Objections/representations to an application
Responsible Authorities and other parties can submit relevant representations either for or against the grant of the application during the consultation period. In order for a representation to be considered relevant it must relate to one or more of the licensing objectives.
Representations can be made to the Licensing Team within the consultation period by letter, email or by submitting the electronic form available. All relevant representations must explain how you personally would be affected by the granting of the licence and how it would harm one or more of the licensing objectives. Please note however that anonymous representations cannot be considered.
Guidance on how to make a relevant representation can be found using the link provided.
How the decision is made
All new premises licence application undergo a 28 day consultation period. Should there not be any relevant representations received by the Licensing Authority after this 28 day period has expired from Responsible Authorities or other parties, then the licence is granted as applied for.
If relevant representations are received from a responsible authority or other parties then the application will be placed before a Licensing Sub Committee who will make a decision to either grant, refuse or amend the application. The hearing will be arranged by the council and will held within 20 working days starting the day after the end of the consultation period.
Should any party involved in the application process wish to appeal against the decision made by the Licensing Sub Committee, then they can do so by applying within 21 days of the decision being given, to Hendon Magistrates by way of an application for appeal.
Maintenance of your licence
A premises licence once granted lasts indefinitely unless one of the following occurs:
- the licence is applied and granted for a limited duration
- the licence is revoked following a review application
- the suspension of the licence by a licensing sub committee following a review application
- the licence lapses due to death, mental incapacity or insolvency of the individual that holds the licence or in the case of a company is dissolved
- the voluntary surrender of the premises licence,
- the licence is Suspended due to the non payment of the annual fee
- the licence lapses if the holder ceases to be entitled to work in the UK
If none of the above applies then the premise licence will remain in place permitting the activities displayed on the current premises licence and the annual fee will be due each year on the anniversary of the grant of the licence. Failure to pay the annual fee when it is due can lead to the suspension of the premises licence.
Once a licence is granted the licence holder can apply for the following by way of a formal application to the licensing authority. Please note that the links below are for downloadable application forms only. Should you wish to make an online application please use this link
- minor variation of a premises licence
- variation of a premises licence
- variation of a premises licence to specify a new DPS
- transfer of a premises licence and consent to transfer
- Interim Authority Notice
- Notification of Interest
- notification of removal of DPS
- notification of change of premises licence holder name or address - (there is no formal application for this process please make your request in writing to the licensing team)
- notification of a change of premises name - (there is no formal application for this process please make your request in writing to the licensing team)
- surrender of a premises licence - (there is no formal application for this process please make your request in writing to the licensing team)
If you wish to complain about a premises that you believe is either trading without the necessary licence or are in breach of their licence then please contact us via email or by completing and returning our complaints form.
At any stage, following the grant of a premises licence, a responsible authority, such as the police or the fire authority, or other party, such as a resident, may ask the Licensing Authority to review the licence if they consider that the licensing objectives are not being met.
- requests for reviews must be made in the correct manner and using the application forms attached
- once an application is received the licensing team will determine whether or not to accept the application based on the evidence submitted.
All our licensed premises can be viewed on the register online.
- Community Protection (Regulation) Licensing Team
- Barnet House, 1255 High Road, Whetstone, London, N20 0EJ
- Tel: 020 8359 7443
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org