Alcohol Premises Licence
A premises licence lets you use a premises for a range of licensable activities. These include:
- Selling alcohol
- Supplying alcohol to (or on behalf of) a club
- Providing regulated entertainment (including live and recorded music, plays, films, dancing, indoor sporting events, boxing and wrestling)
- Providing late night refreshment (the supply of hot food or drink to the public between 23:00 and 05:00)
Applying for a premises licence
An application for a premises licence has to be made to the relevant licensing authority along with:
- A completed application for a premises licence to be granted [docx] 102KB - please also see our guidance on completing Part 3 Section M [pdf] 524KB of the application form.
- A completed notice of an application for the grant of a premises licence [pdf] 547KB which must be displayed at the premises (on blue paper)
- If the application includes alcohol, the designated premises supervisor (DPS) Consent [pdf] 12KB
- The relevant Licensing Act 2003 Licensing Fee.
- Right to work document – see guidance notes on application form
- Plans to Accompany Premises Licence/Club Premises Certificate Applications
Minor variation of a premises licence
A minor variation application can be used for the following:
- Minor changes to the structure or layout of a premises
- Small adjustments to licensing hours (but this does not cover increasing the hours alcohol is sold)
- Removing of out of date, irrelevant or unenforceable conditions
- Adding certain licensable activities, including live music
Some of the exclusions for a minor variation are:
- To extend the period for which the licence has effect
- To authorise the sale of alcohol at any time between 23:00 and 07:00
- To increase the amount of time during which alcohol can be sold
Email the licensing team for more information on whether your proposed changes can be made as a minor variation.
The current fee is £89.00.
Varying a premises licence
If your application falls outside the scope for a minor variation you will need to submit a full variation:
- Download application to vary a premises licence [pdf] 728KB
- Download notice of an application for the variation of a premises licence [pdf] 541KB
- The relevant Licensing Act 2003 Licensing Fee.
The application to vary a premises licence to specify an individual as designated premises supervisor under the Licensing Act 2003 asks the licensee to give a copy of the form to the existing premises supervisor. The completed form contains personal information about the proposed new DPS and sharing this information would be in breach of the Data Protection Act 1998. It is sufficient for the licensee to inform the DPS that the application has been made, without the need to share the specific details of the application. A full copy of the application form must still be sent to police. The form will be amended via regulations as soon as possible to make this clear.
Please visit the government website for more information.
Transferring a premises licence to a new licence holder
If you purchase or lease a venue that already has a premises licence then you’ll need to immediately apply to have the licence transferred over. You can do this by following the steps below:
- Download application to transfer a premises licence [doc] 228KB – to be completed by the new owner with a fee of £23.00
- Download consent of premises licence holder to transfer [pdf] 468KB – to be completed by the outgoing licence holder
- View our Transfer of a Premises Licence Application to the Police page
Interim authority notice
Please email Licensing if you would like to apply for an interim authority notice following the death of the licence holder, the licence holder becoming insolvent, or is no longer entitled to work in the UK.
Changing the designated premises supervisor (DPS)
To change the DPS at a premises an application to vary a premises licence to specify an individual as DPS under LA 2003 [pdf] 155KB, consent of new DPS [pdf] 12KB must be submitted. This will cost £23.00.
An application to vary a DPS and/or Transfer a premises licence should be sent to
Licensing, Ashford Borough Council, Civic Centre, Tannery Lane, Ashford, Kent TN23 1PL
Chief officer of police
Licensing / CSU, Canterbury Police Station, Old Dover Road, Canterbury, Kent CT1 3JQ
Applying for a community premises licence without a DPS
Removing yourself as a DPS from a premises
You can request to be removed as designated premises supervisor [pdf] 543KB, if you hold that position and then leave a premises. This will ensure that you are no longer responsible for the alcohol sales at that premises.
The application to vary the licence to name a new DPS by the new licence holder will prevent this action being necessary. But if that isn’t filled out then you will need to remove yourself.
Frequently Asked Questions
You can download the forms and guidance notes above.
You can return them by post or by hand at the Civic Centre/Town Hall or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.