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Published on August 9th, 2011 | by Dean Carr

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How to become a DPS

We often get asked the question how do I become a Designated Premises Supervisor or DPS also do I require an alcohol permit?  so here is a quick summary

To become a DPS or Designated Premises Supervisor you need firstly to hold a personal licence to sell alcohol. The DPS or Designated Premises Supervisor is an individual named on the premises licence as the person in day-to-day control of that licence. To become a DPS or Designated Premises Supervisor you will need to give your written consent on the relevent application form. You will also need to submit the orignal premises licence together with a completed application form to vary a premises licence to specify a Designated Premises Supervisor. You will also need to pay the relevent application fee to change the name of the DPS or Designated Premises Supervisor shown on the premises licence. All forms and payments must be made to the local councils licensing authority where the licensed premises are situated. There are licensing specialist and solicitors who can assist with this type of premises application for both a new DPS or Designated Premises Supervisor and a transfer of a premises licence. If you are purchasing a licensed business then you will need to transfer the alcohol licence for the premises in to your name or limited company name. You are also required to specify a new Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) unless you intend to use the existing DPS or Designated Premises Supervisor. Selling alcohol from a licensed premises with no DPS is subject to a fine of up to £20,000 and or six months imprisonment.

A licensing authority may also seek removal of alcohol from the premises if there is no acting DPS or Designated Premises Supervisor. This may also lead to a review of a premises licence before the local councils licensing committee.

A licensing committee have the power to;

  • Revoke a premises alcohol licence for up to five years
  • Suspend a premises alcohol licence for up to three months
  • Remove the Designated Premises Supervisor
  • Apply conditions to a premises licence

Remember: Selling alcohol with no Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) is an offence under the licensing Act 2003




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About the Author

Dean Carr

Dean has been involved in alcohol licensing for over 20 years and has helped many independent retailers and corporate clients obtain a licence to sell alcohol or offer late night refreshment, regulated entertainment from all sorts of premises. Dean writes articles for various trade related blogs and is currently Managing Director of the PLT group of companies who run APLH and SCPLH personal alcohol licence courses nationwide. You can contact Dean or a member of his expert licensing team on: 01242 222 188



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