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
- 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.