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Premises Licence

A premises licence is a permanent licence, granted for a specific location and authorising the licence-holder to carry out various licensable activities.

LICENCE Name

Premises Licence

AUTHORITY

Local Council

TIME TO GET LICENCED 4 weeks
COST £100.00
VALID FOR 1 year
ELIGIBILITY 18+ years
QUALIFICATION(S) NEEDED Certificate for Personal Licence Holders (APLH) qualification.
STEPS TO GET LICENSED
1

Obtain Personal Licence

Attend Personal Licence Training Course
Pass Multiple Choice Exam
Obtain APLH Qualification
Apply for Personal Licence via Local Council
2

Apply for Premises Licence via Local Council

Provide operating schedule of regulated entertainment
Get Licenced

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What is a premises licence?

You will need a premises licence if you are a business such as a cinema, pub, takeaway and late-night cafe and you want to provide various licensable activities.

A premises licence will authorise the holder to provide the following licensable activities:

  • the sale of alcohol
  • the supply of alcohol by a club to its members and guests
  • the sale of late-night refreshment (hot food and drink supplied between 11pm and 5am)

This also includes the provision of regulated entertainment within your premises or venue.

What is regulated entertainment?

A premises licence is also required if your premises or venue provide the following forms of entertainment:

  • theatrical performance
  • showing a film
  • indoor sporting event
  • boxing or wrestling (indoor or outdoor)
  • live music
  • recorded music
  • dance
  • facilities for making music
  • dancing facilities

Do I need a personal licence?

A personal licence will still be required even if the premises or venue has a premises licence. You will need a personal licence if your premises or venue provides the sale and supply of alcohol.

To sell alcohol you must first obtain a Certificate for Personal Licence Holders (APLH) qualification. You can achieve this by enrolling on a Personal Licence Training Course.

Applicants may also complete an Online Personal Licence Training Course.

How to apply for a premises licence

A premises licence application must be made via your local council. You can find the contact details for your local council at the Official UK Government Website.

FAQs

Yes. A Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) will be required to hold a personal licence.
Yes. You still need a licence even if the entertainment activities are for charity.
No, there are a few exceptions when a premises licence will not be required, these types of events include, a showing of educational or promotional films, films shown as part of an exhibition in a museum or gallery and incidental music (live or recorded).
No. If you carry out any licensable activities at your premises without a premises licence, you can be fined up to £1,000 and be sent to prison for up to 6 months.
You must display the ‘licence summary’ at your premises where it can be easily seen.