Licensing Act 2003: Alcohol and Entertainment Licences

The Licensing Act 2003 permits the following licensable activities:

  • The sale by retail of alcohol
  • The supply of alcohol by or on behalf of a club to, or to the order of, a member of the club
  • The provision of regulated entertainment
  • The provision of late night refreshment.

PLEASE NOTE: Do you buy alcohol for onward sale or supply from a UK wholesaler? If you do you will need to comply from 1 April 2017 with the Alcohol Wholesale Registration Scheme (AWRS)

The Licensing Act 2003 requires a licensing authority to prepare and publish a statement of its licensing policy at least every five years.

Such a policy must be published before the authority carries out any function in respect of individual applications and notices made under the terms of the Licensing Act 2003.

Download the Statement of Licensing Policy.

  1. Download the correct application form from the list below.
  2. Read any relevant guidance notes to help you with your application, including 
    Amended guidance issued under section 182 of the Licensing Act 2003.
  3. Send the completed form and any supporting documents to the Licensing Team by email or by post to the relevant list of responsible authorities (as specified in the drop down boxes).
  4. Please ensure that you make the correct payment for your application by card payment over the phone by calling 01508 533621, BACs or cheque, made payable to South Norfolk Council.

Premises licences are issued by the licensing authority in which the premises are situated or, in the case of premises straddling an area boundary, the licensing authority where the greater part of the premises is situated.

Any person (if an individual aged 18 or over) who is carrying on or who proposes to carry on a business which involves the use of premises for licensable activities may apply for a premises licence either on a permanent basis or for a time-limited period.

Please ensure you read the Guidance Notes - How to Apply for a Premises Licence.

Application for a New Premises Licence

Guidance Notes - How to Apply for a Premises Licence

List of Responsible Authorities

Advertisement for Premises Licence

(The law requires this advertisement to be printed on blue paper) 

Consent of Individual to being Specified as Designated Premises Supervisor

Guidance Notes - How to Apply for a Full Variation to  Premises Licence

Application to Vary a Premises Licence

List of Responsible Authorities

 (The law requires this advertisement to be printed on blue paper)


Note from the Home Office - 28/04/2017:

The application to vary a premises licence to specify an individual as designated premises supervisor under the Licensing Act 2003 asks the licensee to give a copy of the form to the existing premises supervisor. The completed form contains personal information about the proposed new DPS and sharing this information would be in breach of the Data Protection Act 1998. It is sufficient for the licensee to inform the DPS that the application has been made, without the need to share the specific details of the application. A full copy of the application form must still be sent to police. The form will be amended via regulations as soon as possible to make this clear.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/designated-premises-supervisor-forms-and-guidance


Please Note: From 1 April 2017 if you buy alcohol for onward sale or supply from a UK wholesaler you will need to comply with the Alcohol Wholesale Registration Scheme (AWRS)

Application for a Minor Variation of a Premises Licence

Advertisement of a Minor Variation

(The law requires this advertisement to be printed on white paper)

Certificate of Publishing Notice

Guidance notes - Minor Variation


Note from the Home Office - 28/04/2017:

The application to vary a premises licence to specify an individual as designated premises supervisor under the Licensing Act 2003 asks the licensee to give a copy of the form to the existing premises supervisor. The completed form contains personal information about the proposed new DPS and sharing this information would be in breach of the Data Protection Act 1998. It is sufficient for the licensee to inform the DPS that the application has been made, without the need to share the specific details of the application. A full copy of the application form must still be sent to police. The form will be amended via regulations as soon as possible to make this clear.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/designated-premises-supervisor-forms-and-guidance

A transfer of a Premises Licence can be applied for when a new party wishes to become the new Premises Licence holder. A transfer can take immediate effect, or you can specify a certain date.

By completing this form, you are applying to transfer the premises licence described under section 42 of the Licensing Act 2003 for the premises described in the premises section.

Application to transfer a premises licence

Every premises licence that authorises the sale of alcohol must specify a Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS). This will normally be the person who has been given day to day responsibility for running the premises by the premises licence holder. The only exception is for community premises which have successfully made an application to remove the usual mandatory conditions set out in the Act.

Only one DPS may be specified in a single premises licence, but a DPS may supervise two or more premises as long as the DPS is able to ensure that the licensing objectives are properly promoted at each premises.

An application to vary the DPS can take immediate effect, or you can specify a certain date.

Application to specify a Designated Premises Supervisor

Premises Licence - Change of Details Notification

The holder of a premises licence must, as soon as is reasonably practicable, notify the Licensing Authority of any change in either his name or address or a change to the name of the premises.

Please note this cannot be used to transfer the premises licence to a new premises licence holder.

A person commits an offence if he fails, without reasonable excuse, to comply with these requirements, and a person guilty of this offence is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 2 on the standard scale.

To submit a change of details notification please click here

Notice of Surrender of Premises Licence

New Personal Licence

A personal licence authorises an individual to sell or supply alcohol from a licensed premises. Not every person retailing alcohol at a licensed premise needs to hold a personal licence, but every sale or supply of alcohol must be made by, or authorised by, a personal licence holder. You must apply for a personal licence from the local authority where you live (which may not be where the licensed premise is situated).

Guidance Notes - How to Apply for a Personal Licence

Application for a new personal licence

Form of Photograph Endorsement

Personal Licence Change of Details Notification

The holder of a personal licence must, as soon as is reasonably practicable, notify the Licensing Authority of any change in either their name or address. A person who fails to give this notice commits an offence and, on summary conviction, maybe fined a sum not exceeding level 2 on the standard scale.

Change of Details Notification

To complete the online Temporary Event Notice (TEN) please ensure you have:

  • a credit/debit card for payment
  • details of your national insurance number

The following criteria must be met in order for a TEN to be accepted:

  • A payment for £21.00 per TEN is required at the time of submission.
  • A standard TEN must be submitted at least 10 clear working days prior to the date of the event
  • A Late TEN must be submitted between 9 and 5 clear working days prior to the date of the event
  • You must be over 18 years of age to submit a TEN
  • If you hold a Personal Licence you are permitted to hold a maximum of 50 TENs per calendar year (inclusive of a maximum of 10 Late TENs)
  • If you do not hold a Personal Licence you are only permitted to hold a maximum of five TENs per calendar year (inclusive of a maximum of two Late TENs)
  • A premises can host no more than 15 TENs per calendar year and the aggregate duration of TENs on any premises cannot exceed 21 days in any calendar year
  • There must be a minimum of 24 hours between events at the same premises

The Licensing Team will forward an electronic copy to the relevant statutory bodies for consultation.

To apply for a Temporary Event Notice (TEN) please use the Temporary Event Notice (TEN) Form.