What do I do to apply or vary a licence?
Applications can be for a new licence or a variation of the hours or activities of an existing licence. Each application will be different depending on the type and number of activities applied for. Click here for guidance on how to apply.
An applicant will always be required to give notice of their application to a list of responsible authorities, which are statutory bodies including the Police, Fire Service, Environmental Health (The list is below).
Advertising your application
An applicant will also be required to advertise their application, both on the premises, and in a local newspaper, to make both residents and businesses aware.
A pale blue notice of application must be displayed on your premises for the full 28 day application period.
A press notice must also be advertised within 10 working days of the application being validated.
Application fees for premises licences applications and club premises certificates depend on the non-domestic rateable value of the premises, which is also used to calculate business rates. This value can be found through VOA. Premises that do not have a rateable value such as schools, church halls, open spaces and residential properties will automatically fall into the lowest fee band. Click here for premises licence fee information.
From the day an application for a new licence or variation is made, there is a 28-day consultation period to enable either any of the responsible authorities or any other persons to make representations in respect of the application. These can either support or oppose the application.
After 28 days, if no objections have been made, the licence can be granted. If an objection has been made, the application will usually be referred to a hearing of the Licensing of Alcohol and Gambling Sub-Committee to be decided.
**Please be aware that some variations have shorter consultation periods. Please check with licensing for this and what colour paper the notice should be.
Do I need a licence?
The quickest way to apply is online, this way the application is sent to the Licensing team and all of the responsible authorities, alternatively you can submit by post, but if applications are sent via the post you must ensure that you submit the application to all of the responsible authorities. Click here for the Responsible Authority List and the Licensing department, Civic Centre, Doncaster Road, Selby, YO8 9FT
Apply for a premises licence
Notification of an interest in premises:
Club premises certificate
Apply for a provisional statement
A provisional statement can be used to obtain confirmation that a premises that is not yet built, under construction or about to be substantially altered would be granted a premises licence. There is nothing to stop an individual making an application for a premises licence in the same situation.
The application for a provisional statement must go through the same process as a premises licence. However, at the end they will not be granted a premise licence.
Once the premises has been completed or nearly completed the applicant for the provisional statement will be required to submit a premise licence application. The Licensing Authority will not be able to accept any objections to the premises licence application unless the application has changed from the provisional statement, or a Responsible Authority interested party were unable to make an objection to the original application for a provisional statement and has a reasonable excuse.
Apply to vary a premises licence
Make a minor variation to a premises licence
Apply to vary a designated premises supervisor on a premises licence
Apply to transfer a premises licence
If you are transferring a premises licence which holds a gaming notification currently it will lapse and you will need too apply for a new one before using any gaming machines (maximum of 2 category C or D).
If the premises being transferred currently has a gaming permit for more than 2 gaming machines you can transfer this.
Surrendering a Premises Licence
Interim Authority Notice
Apply to disapply the condition of requiring a DPS
The licence can be granted with or without additional conditions. Licensable activities listed in the application can be excluded or the application can be rejected.
If an interested party or responsible authority comments or makes a representation against an application, we will have a hearing. We will serve a notice of our decision to the applicant, any person who has made relevant representations (i.e. representations that were not deemed frivolous or vexatious) and the chief of police.
An interested party or responsible authority may also apply to the licensing authority to review the premises licence, in which case we will have a hearing.
Review a Premises Licence
Fire legislation and guidance for businesses
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 came into effect in October 2006 and replaced over 70 pieces of fire safety law.
The Order applies to all non-domestic premises in England and Wales, including offices, shops, premises that provide care such as care homes and hospitals, community halls, places of worship, pubs/clubs/restaurants, schools, sports centres, hotels, hostels, factories, warehouses and the common parts of blocks of flats or houses in multiple occupation (HMOs).