What do I need to do to get a licence?
You will need to complete a premises licence application form and submit it to the relevant Licensing Authority (and relevant authorities) together with a scale plan for the premises. If you intend to sell alcohol then you will need to nominate a Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) on the application. The DPS will need to provide a consent form (the DPS also needs to hold a personal licence) and you will also need to submit the relevant fee with the application.
After you have put your application in you'll need to:
- place a public notice on your premises to allow for 28 days’ consultation
- place the same public notice in a local newspaper within ten working days of submitting the application
There will be a 28-day consultation period which allows consultees and members of the public time to consider your application, and raise any concerns under the licensing objectives. Once this period has expired without any representations having been made, your premises licence will be granted.
A hearing must be held if any representations are made in respect of the application. If a hearing is held it can result in the licence:
- being granted
- being granted subject to additional conditions
- have licensable activities listed in the application be excluded
- being rejected
A premises licence lasts for an unlimited time unless the licence is revoked, suspended or surrendered.