Under the Licensing Act 2003, certain regulated activities can only take place under an authorisation from the Council.

These include the sale of alcohol, the supply of alcohol at a qualifying club, live music, recorded music, performance of dance, plays, films, indoor sport, boxing and wrestling and the provision of late night refreshment.

Types of Authorisation

  • a Premises Licence allows premises (which includes open spaces, stationary vehicles, vessels and stalls) to be used for licensable activities and is of unlimited duration unless surrendered, lapsed (because the holder becomes insolvent or dies for example) or revoked by the Licensing Authority.  Premises Licences may also be sought on a time limited basis for large outdoor events, e.g. a festival where the licence would only last for the duration of the festival
  • a Personal Licence allows the holder to authorise the sale of alcohol at premises holding a Premises Licence.  Persons wishing to obtain a Personal Licence must complete an accredited qualification, provide a criminal disclosure showing they have no relevant convictions, and provide proof of their identity to the Licensing Authority in whose area they reside
  • a Club Premises Certificate allows qualifying clubs to provide licensable activities to their members and guests and is of unlimited duration unless revoked by the Licensing Authority, surrendered by the Club, or if the Club ceases to be a qualifying club
  • a Provisional Statement is used where premises are being constructed or altered, and be obtained by a prospective developer for example.  The Licensing Authority make a decision based on plans submitted to them.  The applicant then returns to the Licensing Authority to have the Provisional Statement converted into a full licence when the work has been done, and providing nothing has changed this must be granted
  • a Temporary Event Notice allows licensable activities to be carried out occasionally at premises not already licensed for the activity concerned.  This would allow, for example, a school to sell alcohol at a school fete, a local drama group to put on a play in a hall, a pub not licensed for live music to have a band playing, or premises to extend their licence hours for a special occasion.


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