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Premises management

Transfer of premises

When licensed premises change hands, the new owner or operator must transfer the premises licence as soon as possible. This can be done before the transfer date specifying the date that it will became effective.

Apply to transfer a premises licence Give consent to transfer

Right to work and immigration status (Immigration Act 2016)

Individual applicants and applications from partnerships which are not limited liability partnerships are required to provide documentation to prove entitlement to work/immigration status.

To hold a licence an individual or member of a partnership must be resident in the UK and:

  • Have the right to live and work in the UK and
  • Have no conditions preventing them from doing the licensable activity 

To prove this you need to include copies or scans (which don’t need to be certified) of the following documents:

Fee to transfer premises 

The fee for a transfer of premises licence is £23.

Premises transfer application process

The application may take effect immediately or on a date specified in the application form. We will issue you with a revised premises licence and licence summary. If the chief officer of police for the area where the premises is situated is satisfied that the exceptional circumstances of the case are such that granting the application would undermine the crime prevention objective, he must give a notice of this to the licensing authority within 14 days. We will then hold a hearing to determine the notice given by the police.

Change of designated premises supervisor

The new person you wish to appoint as the designated premises supervisor (DPS) must be a personal licence holder. The right to work immigration status detailed above applies.

The licence holder needs to sign the application to vary the DPS to say that they are satisfied that this is the case.

Disapplication of DPS

This allows community premises such as village halls to apply for the requirement to have a DPS to be removed. The management committee would then be collectively responsible for alcohol sales.

This application can be made either with a new or variation application for a premises licence or to an existing premises licence.

Specify an individual as DPS Disapply a DPS Request to be removed as a DPS Consent to be a DPS

Fee

The fee for the variation or removal of a community premises DPS is £23.

DPS variation or removal application process 

The application may take effect immediately or on a date specified in the application form. We will issue you with a revised premises licence and licence summary.

If the Chief Officer of Police for the area where the premises is situated is satisfied that the exceptional circumstances of the case are such that granting the application would undermine the crime prevention objective, he must give a notice of this to the licensing authority within 14 days. We will then hold a hearing to determine the notice given by the Police.

Interim authority notice

This can be applied for within 28 days of the licence holder becoming insolvent, mentally incapacitated or dies. It enables the premises licence to continue whilst arrangements are being made to apply to transfer a licence. This must be done within 28 days, otherwise the licence will lapse and a new licence will need to be applied for. The right to work immigration status detailed above applies.

A copy of the notice should also be sent to the chief officer of police.

Fee

The fee for an interim authority notice is £23.

Interim authority notice application process

As soon as an interim authority notice is given within the 28 day period, the business may continue to carry on any licensable activities permitted by the premises licence. The chief officer of police may object on crime prevention grounds to an interim authority notice within 48 hours of receiving the copy notice. We will then hold a hearing to determine the notice given by the police. If no objection is received we issue the interim authority notice. The maximum time it may have effect is three months, during which time you will need to apply to transfer the premises licence.

Notice of interest

A person with a property interest in a premises may give notice of their interest. This notice has effect for 12 months. We are required to notify the person who gave notice when there are any changes in the licensing register regarding the premises. The right to work immigration status detailed above applies.

Give notice of interest in a premises

Fee

The fee for a notification of interest in a premises is £21.