Published on April 4th, 2011 | by Dean Carr
Premises Licence to Sell Alcohol
Application link: Premises Licence services- for application and variation of licence
Premises Licence Application
A premises licence is granted to a building or open space, and allows one or more licensable activities to be carried out on the premises. There are four licensable activities:
- The sale by retail of alcohol
- The supply of alcohol by or on behalf of a club to, or to the order of, a member of a club
- The provision of regulated entertainment
- The provision of late-night refreshment
The premises management are obliged to uphold the four licensing objectives, both in the operating schedule (a written part of the application) and during day-to-day activities. The four licensing objectives are:
- The prevention of crime and disorder
- Public safety
- The prevention of public nuisance
- The protection of children from harm
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Carrying out an application:
Plans and Scale Drawings
New premises licence applications must be accompanied with a 1:10cm scale drawing of the premises, indicating areas where alcohol is to be sold, and displaying fire exits, fire-fighting equipment, fire codes and CCTV equipment.
Under the new Licensing Act (2003), the Designated Premises Supervisor is ultimately responsible for overseeing a risk assessment of a licensed premise. These new laws stipulate that you are required to carry out a Fire Risk Assessment and a Health & Safety Risk Assessment on a regular basis, dictated by the number of people that you employ.
The Police will normally insist on the installation of Close Circuit Television to all new licensed premises, with conditions generally imposed on all new licence applications and written in to licensing policy statements. CCTV systems have to comply with DCMS guidelines.
Changing an existing licence
Transfer and Variation
A licence transfer is the transfer of licence from one person to another, associated with a change of ownership or management.
A change in the business purpose of premises can demand a variation of licence. Changing the Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) is a variation of licence. Altering the operating schedule, including altering opening hours, is a variation of licence. Any amendment of the licensable activities to be carried out on the premises is also classed as a variation.
Change of Use
Changing a restaurant to a pub (A3 to A4)? A shop floor to a cafe (A1 to A3)? Many kinds of premises renovation require a legal change of use. Some of the more common change of use applications involve the following:
- A1 – Shops
- A2 – Financial and Professional Services
- A3 – Restaurants and Cafes
- A4 – Drinking Establishments
- A5 – Hot Food Takeaways
- C1 – Hotels
- D2 – Assembly and Leisure