Alcohol, entertainment and late night refreshment licences

Alcohol, entertainment and late night refreshment licences

You need a licence from the council to sell or supply alcohol, as well as to provide entertainment, music, dancing, theatre, cinema, indoor sporting events, hot food or drink after 11pm.

 

Premises licence

You will need a premises licence if you want to sell alcohol, serve hot food and drinks between 11pm and 5am, or provide some types of entertainment from a particular venue.

Entertainments include dancing, theatre, films or indoor sports events.

We will make a decision about your licence within 56 working days of your application date. If you haven’t heard from us within that time, you are allowed to go ahead with your plans.

If you run a member’s club, you can get a club premises certificate instead of a premises licence.

Club premises certificate

Private members’ clubs, such as social or sports clubs, must have a club premises certificate to serve alcohol and offer entertainment to members and guests.

We will make a decision about your licence within 56 working days of your application date. If you haven’t heard from us within that time, you are allowed to go ahead with your plans.

Temporary Event Notice (TEN)

If you want to hold an event involving licensable activities on unlicensed premises, you must give the council a Temporary Event Notice (TEN).

Licensable activities include:

  • Selling alcohol
  • Serving alcohol to members of a private club
  • Providing entertainment, such as music, dancing or indoor sports events
  • Serving hot food or drink between 11pm and 5am.

We aim to process applications within 14 working days. If you haven’t heard from us within that time, you can assume you have permission to go ahead with your event.

Personal licence to sell alcohol

A personal licence allows an individual to supply alcohol from licensed premises.

All licensed premises must have a designated premises supervisor (DPS) and that person must have a personal licence (unless it is a community premises – such as a church hall or village hall).

The licence lasts for 10 years. If you move house or job, you don’t have to move your licence to another local authority. However, you do have to tell the local authority which issued your personal license of any changes to your name or address.

To apply, you must:

  • Be 18 or over
  • Have an accredited qualification or
  • Be a 'person of prescribed description' (a master vintner, a person licensed by the Board of Green Cloth, or by the University of Cambridge)
  • Not have had your licence cancelled in the previous 5 years or been convicted of any relevant offence in the UK or abroad.

We aim to process your application within 40 days.

Deregulation

Regulated entertainment: An overview of the circumstances in which entertainment activities are not licensable

Changes were made to the requirements to obtain a licence for Music and Regulated Entertainment under the Licensing Act 2003 following the introduction of the Deregulation Act 2015. 

No licence is required on any premises for the following activities

  • Plays: No licence is required for performances between 08.00 and 23.00 on any day, provided that the audience does not exceed 500. 
  • Dance: No licence is required for performances between 08.00 and 23.00 on any day, provided that the audience does not exceed 500. 
  • Indoor sporting events: No licence is required for an event between 08.00 and 23.00 on any day, provided that those present do not exceed 1000. 
  • Boxing or wrestling entertainment: No licence is required for a contest, exhibition or display of Greco-Roman wrestling, or freestyle wrestling between 08.00 and 23.00 on any day, provided that the audience does not exceed 1000. 
  • Live unamplified music: No licence is required between 08:00-23:00 on any day.

Premises licensed for the sale of alcohol on-sales does not require a licence for

  • Amplified live music between 08.00 and 23.00 on any day provided that the audience does not exceed 500 
  • Recorded music between 08:00 and 23:00 on any day provided the audience does not exceed 500  

Workplaces not licensed for sale of alcohol 

A performance of amplified live music between 08.00 and 23.00 on any day, provided that the audience does not exceed 500.  

Community Premises such as village halls, church halls or community halls not licensed for sale of alcohol 

  • Amplified live music between 08.00 and 23.00 on any day, provided that (a) the audience does not exceed 500, and (b) the organiser gets consent for the performance from a person who is responsible for the premises. 
  • Recorded music between 08.00 and 23.00 on any day, provided that (a) the audience does not exceed 500, and (b) the organiser gets consent for the performance from a person who is responsible for the premises. 
  • Films: no licence is required for ‘not-for-profit’ film exhibition between 08.00 and 23.00 on any day provided that the audience does not exceed 500 and the organiser (a) gets consent to the screening from a person who is responsible for the premises; and (b) ensures that each such screening abides by age classification ratings.  

No licence is required for non-residential premises for:

A local authority 

  • Any entertainment between 08.00 and 23.00 on any day, with no limit on audience size where the entertainment is provided by or on behalf of the local authority.  
  • Amplified live music between 08.00 and 23.00 on any day provided that (a) the audience does not exceed 500, and (b) the organiser gets consent from the local authority concerned. 
  • Recorded music between 08.00 and 23.00 on any day, that (a) the audience does not exceed 500, and (b) the organiser gets consent from the local authority concerned. 

School 

  • Any entertainment between 08.00 and 23.00 on any day, with no limit on audience size where the entertainment is provided by or on behalf of the school proprietor.
  • Amplified live music between 08.00 and 23.00 on any day provided that (a) the audience does not exceed 500, and (b) the organiser gets consent from the school proprietor. 
  • Recorded music between 08.00 and 23.00 on any day, that (a) the audience does not exceed 500, and (b) the organiser gets consent from the school proprietor. 

Hospital 

  • Any entertainment between 8:00 and 23:00 on any day with no limit on audience size where the entertainment is provided by or on behalf of the health care provider;  
  • Amplified live music between 08.00 and 23.00 on any day provided that (a) the audience does not exceed 500, and (b) the organiser gets consent from the health care provider 
  • Recorded music between 08.00 and 23.00 on any day, that (a) the audience does not exceed 500, and (b) the organiser gets consent from the health care provider. 

Travelling circuses  

Are now exempt from being licensed for any entertainment (excluding films and a boxing or wrestling entertainment) provided that:  

  • The entertainment takes place between 08.00 and 23.00 on any day, 
  • It takes place within a moveable structure that accommodates the audience, and  
  • The circus has not been located on the same site for more than 28 consecutive days.  

Activities that are exempt from being licensed 

  • Activities which involve participation as acts of worship in a religious context; 
  • Activities in places of public religious worship;  
  • Education – teaching students to perform music or to dance; 
  • The demonstration of a product – for example, a guitar – in a music shop;  
  • The rehearsal of a play or performance of music for a private audience where no charge is made with a view to making a profit;  
  • Morris dancing (or similar) 
  • Incidental music – the performance of live music or the playing of recorded music if it is incidental to some other activity 
  • Incidental film – an exhibition of moving pictures if it is incidental to some other activity 
  • A spontaneous performance of music, singing or dancing  
  • Garden fetes – or similar if not being promoted or held for purposes of private gain  
  • Films for advertisement, information, education or in museums or art galleries  
  • Television or radio broadcasts – as long as the programme is live and simultaneous  
  • Vehicles in motion – at a time when the vehicle is not permanently or temporarily parked 
  • Games played in pubs, youth clubs etc. (e.g. pool, darts and table tennis) 
  • Stand-up comedy 
  • Provision of entertainment facilities (e.g. dance floors)  

The Deregulation Act also makes changes to: 

Temporary Event Notices (TEN): 

The number of times a TEN may be given for any particular premises in a calendar year will increase from 12 to 15 with effect from 1 January 2016). 

The current limitations to Temporary Event Notices stay the same: 

  • The maximum duration of an event authorised by a TEN is 168 hours (seven days);  
  • The maximum total duration of the events authorised by TENs in relation to individual premises is 21 days in a calendar year;  
  • The maximum number of people attending at any one time is 499; and  
  • The minimum period between events authorised under separate TENs in relation to the same premises (not including withdrawn TENs) by the same premises user is 24 hours.  

Reporting of lost or stolen licences 

The requirement to report a lost or stolen licence to the Police has been removed. 

Personal licences 

Holders of Personal Licences are now no longer required to renew their licence, provided that their original licence did not expire before the 6 April 2015.