Apply for a premises licence
This page is about what a premises licence is, when you need to apply for one and how to apply for one.
When you need a premises licence
You need a premises licence for any premises or site offering licensable activities. Examples of licensable activities are:
- the sale of alcohol
- the provision of regulated entertainment, such as plays, live music, recorded music and dance - exemptions apply, see premises licence guidance
- indoor sport and boxing
- the sale of hot food or drink between 11pm and 5am - exemptions apply, see premises licence guidance.
The types of places that may need a premises licence include pubs, clubs, restaurants and take-away outlets.
How to get a premises licence
You need to download and complete a form to apply for a premises licence.
Upload the following documents with your form:
- a plan of the premises - to a scale of at least 1:100 unless agreed with us otherwise
- a consent form signed by the designated premises supervisor (DPS) - required for the sale of alcohol
- proof of entitlement to work in the UK - see the list of documents that are accepted
You also need to pay a licence application fee - see the licence fees table.
You can submit the form and pay the licence application fee electronically.
|Rateable value||Band||Application fee|
|No rateable value to £4,300||A||£100|
|£4,300 to £33,000||B||£190|
|£33,001 to £87,000||C||£315|
|£87,001 to £125,000||D||£450|
|£125,001 and above||E||£635|
Note: If the premises isn't yet rated, the fee will default to band C. Some premises may also be exempt from paying an application fee.
Advertising the application
Once you've submitted your application, you must both:
- display a blue notice at the premises for 28 days
- place an advertisement in a local newspaper within the first 10 working days of the submission date.
Read more guidance on advertising a premises licence application. There are also templates for blue notices.
You must send a copy of the published advertisement to the licensing team at the Woolwich Centre.
What happens next
There'll be a consultation period for 28 days from the date you submitted the application during which responsible authorities and other people (for example, local residents or businesses) can object.
If there aren't any objections, the licence will be granted.
If there are objections, the Licensing Sub-Committee will consider the application at a public hearing.
Licence conditions - alcohol sales
You must have a DPS to sell alcohol under a premises licence and the DPS must have a personal licence.
You must make sure that each sale of alcohol is made or authorised by a person who holds a personal licence.
Renew your licence
Once you get a licence, it's valid for as long as the business exists although you have to pay an annual continuation fee.
Like the application fee, the annual fee is linked to the rateable value of the premises. When the rateable value of the premises changes, we'll adjust the annual fee accordingly.
You'll be sent an invoice for your annual fee when it becomes due. Failure to pay the annual fee will result in the premises licence being suspended