Coronavirus COVID-19: Latest updates

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

During the undefined period of the pandemic lockdown, Licensing Team services are reduced and disrupted.

We remain able to remotely answer e-mails and process applications made online, but you will appreciate that documentation sent by post cannot be attended to expediently due to the general physical absence of Licensing, Support Team and Post Room staff from the offices.

We therefore respectfully discourage postal applications or correspondence of any kind and would urge use of our extensive website facilities, which allow you to apply, pay, and upload supporting documentation.

General advice and support

Please continue to check the government pages for regular updates on employer and business support. There are also guidlines for businesses about reopening saefyly during coronavirus.

Premises Licences and Club Premises Certificates

Whilst some non-essential premises remain closed, we have put together information to help and support businesses to ensure a smooth and straightforward transition as and when the restrictions are lifted.

It is useful to review the licence currently in force.  Some of the items you may wish to check are as follows:

Are the licence holders details correct?  Any changes to the name and/or address of the holder(s) requires notification to the licensing authority.  If the premises has been transferred to new owners then an application to transfer the premises licence will need to be submitted.
Club Premises Certificates Do we have the correct correspondence details?
Is the named DPS still correct? If the person named on the licence as the Designated Premises Supervisor is no longer employed in this role then an application to Vary the Designated Premises Supervisor will need to be submitted.
Is the most recent licence summary on display? If the full licence and/or summary cannot be located then you will need to request a copy of the licence.
Are the relevant authorisations in place and available at the premises? Check the if the hours, activities and conditions on the licence are still relevant. If not, you may wish to consider using this time to submit an application to Vary a Premises Licence or Vary a Club Premises Certificates.
Have any outstanding annual fees or gaming machine permit fees been paid? Check for any outstanding fees.

 

If you have any queries with regards to the existing licence or require advice on any of the licence processes mentioned above, including application forms and fees, please contact the licensing team.