Essential for trading, maintaining your premises licence also adds considerable value to a building. Measures to safeguard your licence can include simple administrative steps as well as formal applications to protect against events such as insolvency.

  1. Premises Licence & Premises Licence Summary

It is a statutory requirement that you ensure these documents are in place at all times.

  1. Know your conditions

Breach of a licence condition could cost up to £20,000 or 6 months imprisonment.

  1. Do you have a DPS?

Your licence must have the correct DPS appointed. No DPS = no sales of alcohol.

  1. Applying for a new Premises Licence

Notice of the application must be displayed at your site and in local press within 10 working days of submitting your application.

  1. Are all of your alcohol sales lawful?

Every sale of alcohol must be made or authorised by a personal licence holder.

  1. Reflect the plan of your premises

Check that your plan accurately reflects your current layout; any refurbishment may require you to apply to vary the licence seeking approval for your new layout plan.

  1. Be prepared for a review

The licensing committee have a wide discretion and power to impose extra conditions on your licence, change your hours of operation or remove a licensable activity.

  1. If the Premises Licence holder becomes insolvent

The Licence will lapse immediately on the insolvency of the Premises Licence holder and an interim authority notice should be sought or a transfer application made.

  1. Live music

The Live Music Act 2012 means that you no longer need a special licence to stage a live music performance if falling between certain hours and to an audience of less than 200.

  1. Know what you are getting

If you are acquiring a business on the assumption there is a suitable Premises Licence in place do check the current licence to ensure is it suitable for your proposed style of operation.

For more detail on each of these points, download a copy of our free guide

10 Practical tips to safeguard your premises licence


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The content of this page is a summary of the law in force at the present time and is not exhaustive, nor does it contain definitive advice. Specialist legal advice should be sought in relation to any queries that may arise.