What is a premises licence?
A premises licence is a licence granted for a specific location, which allows the licence holder to carry out some licensable activities. Those activities are:
- the retail sale of alcohol
- the provision of regulated entertainment (this includes live and recorded music, indoor sporting events and film exhibitions)
- the provision of late night refreshment
Licences are usually permanent but can be granted for a fixed period of time. They are also subject to review at any time. They are also normally subject to conditions, for example opening hours.
At premises where alcohol is sold, a designated premises supervisor (DPS) must be nominated. They will be responsible for the authorisation of alcohol sales on the premises and will need to be named on the premises licence application. They will also need to complete a separate consent form.
A DPS must hold a valid personal licence.
Who can apply for a premises licence?
Premises licence applications can be submitted by:
- anyone aged 18 or over – if they propose to operate a business involving the use of the premises for licensable activities
- other organisations (for example: clubs, charities, hospitals, schools)