New Premises Licence

  • Do I need a Premises Licence?

    A premises licence under the Licensing Act 2003 is required for any premises where any of the following take place:

    • sale of alcohol by retail
    • regulated entertainment
    • the provision of hot food or hot drink between 23:00 and 05:00 on any day (late night refreshment)

    Regulated entertainment is defined as:

    • a performance of a play
    • an exhibition of a film
    • an indoor sporting event
    • a boxing or wrestling entertainment
    • a performance of live music
    • any playing of recorded music
    • a performance of dance
    • anything similar to live music, recorded music or a perfomance of dance

    All premises* that require a premises licence for the sale of alcohol must name an individual to be specified as the Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS). This person must hold a Personal Licence to authorise the sale of alcohol. The DPS should be the person who has been given day to day responsibility for running the premises by the Premises Licence Holder.

    *The only exception is for a community premises who may make an application to remove the mandatory conditions (Sections 19(2) and 19(3) of the Act) to allow the management committee (who must be the Premises Licence Holder) to be responsible for the supervision and authorisation of all alcohol sales.

    How to apply

    To apply for a new premises licence you will need to complete the form on the right-hand-side. Once completed, this form must be submitted to the Licensing Office and copies sent to all the Responsible Authorities (failure to do this will invalidate your application).

    The day after the application is received by the Licensing Office you must display a pale blue notice (template available ont the right) at the premises for a minimum of 28 days. If you cannot locate pale blue paper, please inform the office and a notice will be sent out to you. Please allow a minimum of two working days for the application to be received if you are sending it by post. 

    A public notice (template available below) must be placed in the local newspaper of where your premises is situated, within 10 working days of submitting your application.

    Changes from 6 April 2017

    Any applications made on or after 6 April 2017 will be required to have supporting documentation proving an applicants entitlement to work in the UK following the introduction of the Immigration Act 2016.  Any individual or an individual in a partnership must have the entitlement to work in the UK and are not subject to a condition preventing them from doing work relating to the carrying on of a licensable activity.  Applicants should not provide original documents but clear copies.  

    Amended applications and responsible authorities contact list are now available.  

    The above must be completed for the application to be valid.

  • Fees

    The fee for a new premises licence depends on the non-domestic rateable value for the premises. Below are the bands and fees. If your application is granted you will be required to pay an annual fee, which is payable on the anniversary of your licence being granted. The fee for this also depends on the non-domestic rateable value of your premises as set out below.

    Band A B C D E
    Non-domestic rateable value £0 - £4,300 £4,300 - £33,000 £33,001 - £87,000 £87,001 - £125,000 £125,001 and over
    Fee £100 £190 £315 £450 £635
    Annual Fee £70 £180 £295 £320 £350

    If the premises falls within band D or E and is used exclusively or primarily for the supply of alcohol for consumption on the premises then a multiplier applies as set out below for the premises licence application and annual fee.

    Application fee:
    Band D x2 = £900 Band E x3 = £1,905

    Annual fee:
    Band D x2 = £640 Band E x3 = £1,050

  • Disapply DPS

    A community premises only may make an application to remove the mandatory conditions (Sections 19(2) and 19(3) of the Act) to allow the management committee (who must be the Premises Licence Holder) to be responsible for the supervision and authorisation of all alcohol sales.

  • How to Apply

    Where the management committee of a community premises is applying for the sale of alcohol for the first time, it should include the form with the new premises licence application or the premises licence variation application. No extra payment is required beyond the existing fee for a new application or variation.

    Where a community premises already has a premises licence to sell alcohol, but wishes to disapply the DPS, it should submit the form on its own, together with the required fee of £23. The application must be sent to the licensing authority and to the Police (address can be found on the Responsible Authorities list). The application and guidance notes can be found below.

  • Forms

    Application forms, notice templates and other documents are available. You can also apply online.

    Please make all cheques payable to Winchester City Council and forward your application form to:

    Licensing Section
    Winchester City Council
    City Offices
    Colebrook Street
    Winchester
    SO23 9LJ