Making a
Premises Licensing Application

Help with your Premises License Applications

The Licensing Act 2003 came into force on 6 February 2005. It made changes to the licensing arrangements for the sale of alcohol and the provision of entertainment.

In order for a business to sell alcohol, it requires a premises license. This cannot be avoided and can be a financial burden that hampers the business in its early days.

You will need to apply for a Premises License if you intend to sell alcohol or provide ‘licensable activities’ from a particular venue.

Licensable activities include:

  • Selling alcohol
  • Serving hot food and drinks between 11 pm and 5 am (known as late-night refreshments)

You’ll also need a license if you provide the following types of entertainment:

  • Theatrical performance
  • Showing a film
  • Indoor sporting event
  • Boxing or wrestling (indoor or outdoor)
  • Live music
  • Recorded music
  • Dance
  • Facilities for making music
  • Dancing facilities

You still need a license even if the activities are for charity.

Temporary Event Notice (TEN)

An ever-increasing number of start-up businesses are popping up across the country, with numbers of bars arriving on almost a daily basis.

As some businesses wish to simply test the water (or trade earlier than a full premises license application would allow) the option of a Temporary Event Notice (TEN) is often a useful alternative.

A TEN can be given for part of a building, such as a single room, or a plot within a larger area of land. The premises user should provide a clear description of the area in which he or she proposes to carry on licensable activities. A plan of the premises may be included to help define the area covered by the TEN (for example, if using a small area of a public park, or one room in a building). This is important as any licensable activities conducted outside the area of the premises authorised by the TEN would be unlawful and could lead to prosecution.

A TEN can authorise licensable activities on unlicensed premises for a limited period of time.

Fire Risk Consultancy Services can offer

  • Pre-application advice and assistance
  • Provide a Fire Risk Assessment, including occupancy numbers, to satisfy conditions of License
  • Advice on appropriate conditions (Public Safety)
  • Advice on drawing up plans to accompany the application in accordance with the relevant regulations
  • On-site visit(s) to ensure plans are compliant with prescribed regulations