Almost any business in England and Wales that does one or more of the licensable activities namely the sale of alcohol or the provision of regulated entertainment, or late night refreshment will need a premises licence from the local authority.

Eligibility criteria

Any of the following may apply for a premises licence:

  • anyone who carries on a business in the premises to which the application relates
  • a recognised club
  • a charity
  • a health service body
  • a person who is registered under the Care Standards Act 2000 in relation to an independent hospital
  • a chief police officer of a force in England and Wales
  • anyone discharging a statutory or function under Her Majesty's prerogative
  • a person from an educational institute
  • any other permitted person  

Applicants must not be under 18 years of age. 

Regulation summary

You can view the summary of the regulation relating to this licence for more information.

Fire risk assessment

The Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order 2005 places the onus on individuals within an organisation to carry out risk assessments to identify, manage and reduce the risk of fire. Where the Order applies to your premises you must carry out a Fire Risk Assessment and Emergency Plan and where necessary record the significant findings. An audit may be carried out by an Officer of the London Fire Brigade in the near future to inspect the assessment so it must be available at all times.

The London Fire Brigade has prepared guidance on how to carry out a fire risk assessment with a method of how to record your significant findings and an emergency plan.

Will tacit consent apply?

Yes - for the following applications made online and is unopposed at the end of the consultation period. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the local authority by the end of the target completion period

Failed application redress

If an application for a licence is refused the failed applicant can appeal. Appeals are made to a Magistrates' court within 21 days of notice of the decision.

Licence holder redress and consumer complaint

Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance.
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