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Premises licence

Apply for, change or renew a premises licence

Applicants can either use the above link, or they will need to:

  1. Submit a premises licence application form, which includes completing an operating schedule. An operating schedule is a brief description of how the premises will operate in-line with the licensing objectives.
  2. Submit a premises plan.
  3. Pay the fee as noted by the Home Office.
  4. Provide a form of consent from the proposed Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS), if the premises wants to supply alcohol.
  5. Advertise the application. Contact us for more information.

Review the government’s detailed information on premises licences, and our further information which is below this section. Also before applying, please read our Statement of Licensing Policy, and our information booklets. You can see the government’s advice about all alcohol licencing here.

View the Licensing Act 2003 Policy.

Make minor variations to a licence or certificate

Minor variations can be made to premises licences and club premises certificates. Licence holders should refer to the revised Statutory DCMS Guidance on the kinds of minor variation applications possible.

Vary the DPS

Application process to vary the DPS 

To apply you must submit:

  • the premises licence, or, if not practicable, a statement explaining your failure to give it
  • a relevant application form
  • the relevant fee, which is not refundable
  • a consent form from the proposed DPS to show that they consent to taking on this responsible role

Only one DPS may be specified in a single premises licence.

Transfer a premises licence

You can transfer a premises licence to another person/company. This is usually done when the premises has been sold from one person/company to another.

Application process to transfer a premises licence

To make application you must submit:

  • a relevant application form
  • the premises licence or the appropriate part of the licence, or, if not practicable, an explanation for failing to provide the licence or part
  • the required fee, which is a non-refundable application fee
  • a consent form signed by the existing premises licence holder, or a statement explaining why it is not enclosed 
  • proof of right to work and live

See application guidance notes for further information.

Removing mandatory alcohol conditions

Community premises can apply to remove the mandatory alcohol condition for nominated designated premises supervisors. The change also removes the need for alcohol sales to be authorised by a personal licence holder. View further information, and an application form here.

In England and Wales, a ‘Premises Licence’ enables premises to supply alcohol, provide regulated entertainment and late night refreshment.

You may apply for a premises licence if you are:

  • running a business at the premises
  • a recognised club
  • a charity
  • a health service body
  • a person registered under the Care Standards Act 2000 in relation to an independent hospital
  • a force’s chief police officer in England and Wales
  • anyone enacting legal duties or functions under Her Majesty's prerogative
  • from an educational institute
  • any other permitted person

Applicants must not be under 18.

Send applications to the licensing authority local to the premises.

Applications must be in their specific format, and accompanied by any required fee. They should include:

  • an operating schedule
  • a premises plan
  • a form of consent from the premises supervisor, for applications where selling alcohol will be a licensable activity

An operating schedule will detail:

  • the licensable activities
  • times when the activities will occur
  • any other times when the premises will be open to the public
  • the period the licence is required for, with applicants who want a limited licence
  • information about the premises supervisor
  • if alcohol for sale is for consumption on or off site, or both
  • the steps proposed to promote the licensing objectives
  • any other required information

Applicants may have to advertise their application. Also, they may need to notify other people or responsible bodies like the local authority, chief police officer, or fire and rescue authority.

The licensing authority is responsible for granting applications, which can be subject to conditions. A hearing must be held if any representations are made about the application. If a hearing is held, the licence can be:

  • granted
  • granted subject to conditions
  • granted with licensable activities excluded
  • rejected

If no representations are made, licences can be granted under the Council’s Scheme of Delegation. However if representations are made, the licensing authority will hold a hearing. If applicants and objectors cannot agree, members of the council’s Licensing Sub-Committee will review the application.

The licensing authority will serve notice of its decision:

  • on the applicant
  • anyone who made relevant representations
  • the chief of police

Also applications can be made to vary or transfer a licence. If representations are made or conditions relating to a transfer are not met, a hearing may be held.

After the death, incapacity or insolvency of a licence holder, applications for an interim authority notice can be made. Review applications are also possible.

It is in the public interest that authorities process applications before granting them. If you have not heard from the relevant authority within a reasonable period, please contact it. You can do this online if you applied through the UK Welcomes Service, and our contact details are below.

E: licensing@bridgend.gov.uk
T: 01656 643643
F: 01656 643285

Licensing and Registration Section
Bridgend County Borough Council
Civic Offices
Angel Street
Bridgend
CF31 4WB

In the first instance, please contact Bridgend County Borough Council.

If an application is refused, applicants can appeal. Appeals are made to a magistrates' court within 21 days of notice of the decision.

In the first instance, please contact us on the details below.

E: licensing@bridgend.gov.uk
T: 01656 643643
F: 01656 643285

Licensing and Registration Section
Bridgend County Borough Council
Civic Offices
Angel Street
Bridgend
CF31 4WB

You may make representations if the chief police officer makes an application, as noted under ‘Other Redress’, and the licensing authority takes interim steps. A hearing must be held within 48 hours of your representations.

A licence holder may appeal against:

  • conditions attached to a licence
  • a decision to reject a variation application
  • a decision to reject a transfer application
  • a decision to exclude an activity or person as premises supervisor

Make appeals to a magistrates' court within 21 days of notice of the decision.

An interested party or responsible authority may apply to the licensing authority to review the premises licence. The licensing authority will hold a hearing.

Appeals are made to a magistrates' court within 21 days of notice of the decision.

The local chief police officer can apply to the licensing authority for a licence review if:

  • the premises are licensed to sell alcohol by retail
  • and a senior officer has certified that they believe that the premises are associated with either serious crime or disorder, or both

A hearing will be held and the licence holder and other interested parties may make representations.

A chief police officer can give notice to the licensing authority if transferring a licence to others, via a variation application, could undermine crime prevention. Such a notice must be given within 14 days of notification of the application.

An interested party or responsible body may make representations about a licence application or ask the licensing body to review a licence.

An interested party or responsible authority may apply to the licensing authority to review the premises licence. A hearing will be held by the licensing authority.

An interested party or relevant authority who made relevant representations may appeal against:

  • the granting of a licence
  • conditions
  • variations
  • licensable activities
  • premises supervisor decisions

Appeals are made to a magistrates' court within 21 days of notice of the decision.

Contact the Alcohol Licencing Team

Contact

Alcohol Licensing Team

Address: Lunar House, 40 Wellesley Road, Croydon, CR9 2BY.

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