Apply for a new club licence
You will need a club premises licence if you want to use your premises to:
- sell alcohol
- provide regulated entertainment
- sell hot food between 11pm and 5am (late night refreshments)
To make an application, you will need to:
- download and fill in your application form
- upload your completed application form
- submit a plan of the premises
- submit an operating schedule
- give details of your Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS)
- pay the correct fee
- advertise the application in the local press and on your premises, complying with our guidance
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You can print this form
You can also download and print the application form. If you decide to download and print your application, you will need to:
- return it to us by post or in person
- send a copy of it to all the responsible authorities
If you upload your completed application form, we will send your application to the responsible authorities.
The fee you will need to pay depends on the rateable value of your premises. You can read our guidance on fees.
You will not need to pay a fee if you will not be selling alcohol or providing late night refreshment, and the premises is:
- an educational institution
- a church hall, chapel hall or similar building
- a village hall, parish hall or similar building
What happens next
Once we receive your application, we will:
- acknowledge it within three working days
- hold a consultation for 28 days, allowing for representations
If we receive any representations, we will take the application to the Licensing Committee for councillors to consider. We will then notify you of their decision.
If we do not grant your licence, we will not refund your fee.
If we do not receive any representations, we will grant the licence.
If we grant your licence, it will be valid unless you surrender it or we revoke it. You do not need to renew your licence each year. However, you will need to pay an annual fee, on the same date as when we first granted your licence.
Fines and penalties
If you carry out licensable activities at your premises without a club premises licence, you could receive a:
- prison sentence of up to six months
- fine and a prison sentence