Alcohol, entertainment and late night refreshment licences

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-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).

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
  • not have had your licence cancelled in the last 5 years or been convicted of any relevant offence.

We aim to process your application within 40 days.