Wednesday, 22 February 2017

A Guide to Premises Licensing

Part One

What is a Premises Licence?
A premises licence is a permanent licence granted for a specific location that authorises the holder to carry out any or all of the following licensable activities:

  • The sale of alcohol
  • The supply of alcohol by a club to its members and guests
  • The provision of regulated entertainment (including plays, films, indoor sports, music and dancing)
  • The sale of late-night refreshment namely hot food and drink supplied between 11pm and 5am
Premises licences can also be used to licence one-off events at which more than 500 people are expected to attend.

For smaller one-off time limited events, a Temporary Event Notice may be more appropriate.

Licensing Objectives
All licence applications must comply with four licensing objectives, namely:

  • The prevention of crime and disorder
  • Public safety
  • The prevention of public nuisance
  • The protection of children from harm
Mandatory Conditions
The government plays an important role in ensuring people can make informed choices about the amount they drink. It is also important for the police and local authorities to have appropriate powers to deal with those individuals who cause trouble and ensure that those who sell alcohol and provide entertainment do so responsibly.

The Secretary of State considers it appropriate for the promotion of the licensing objectives to specify mandatory conditions which apply across England and Wales, the government expect Licensing Authorities to take any breach seriously.  Failure to comply with any conditions attached to a licence or certificate is a criminal offence, which on conviction could be punishable by a fine of up to £20,000, up to six months’ imprisonment or both.

For assistance with a Licence Application, a Sub-Committee hearing or for more information about our services visit us at

Useful Links
Gov.Uk Premises Licence Guidance

Come back for Part Two - How to Apply for a Premises Licence - this week