Premises Licence

Premises Licence

Any business or individual (aged at least 18) that wishes to conduct licensable activities on a premises are required to apply for a Premises Licence from Breckland Council. A premises is defined as any place, including vehicles, vessels and moveable structures.

What would you like to do?

Application for a Premises Licence

Variation to an existing Premises Licence

Minor Variation to an existing Premises Licence

Surrender Premises Licence

Transfer Premises Licence

Change of Name or Address of Premises Licence Holder

Review an existing Premises Licence

Representation to a Premises Licence

Application for a Provisional Statement (for premises under construction)

Notification of Interest in a Premises

Interim Authority Notice (in the event of death, incapacity or insolvency of a Premises Licence holder)
 

Need further information on Premises Licence? Please refer to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport

For the full Licensing Act 2003, which regulates Alcohol and Entertainment, please visit the Legislation.gov.uk pages.

Can't find the information you need? Please contact us and we'll be happy to help.

Application for a Premises Licence

Please ensure you read the guide to applying for a Premises Licence (please note this is currently being updated in light of new legislation - please contact the licensing team with any questions before making your application). Any applications submitted with information missing or incorrectly completed applications will be rejected.

In order to apply for a Premises Licence you are required to:

  • Complete and return the Premises application form along with the relevant fee
    • Please complete the Card Payment Form on the last page of the application
    • Alternatively enclose a cheque made payable to Breckland Council
  • Submit a plan of the building with your application
  • Issue a copy of your completed application form to each of the Responsible Authorities
  • Complete and submit a declaration confirming the issuance of the application to the Responsible Authorities
    • Each Responsible Authority could make an objection to your application, which may result in a Committee hearing at Breckland Council
  • Display a Public Notice (example of a Public Notice)
    • It must be displayed in a conspicuous place on the premises for at least 28 consecutive days starting after the day the application was submitted
    • It must be displayed where it can be conveniently read by members of public from the exterior of the premises
    • It must be at least A4 size
    • It must be pale blue in colour
    • It must be printed legibly in black ink or typed in a black font equal or greater that font size 16
    • If the premises covers an area greater than 50 square metres a further, identical notice must be displayed every 50 metres of the perimeter of the premises
    • Please ensure your application is complete and valid before displaying your Public Notice. If incorrect you may need to display again for 28 consecutive days after submission of a complete application
    • The Public Notice gives the public the opportunity to make representations. If the representation is valid it may result in a Committee hearing at Breckland Council
  • Publish a notice in the local press (example of a Newspaper Notice)
    • It must be placed in a local newspaper that circulates in the vicinity of the premises
    • It must be published on at least one occasion during the period 10 working days after the day the application was submitted
    • Please ensure your application is complete and valid before displaying your Newspaper Notice. If incorrect you may need to advertise again
    • The Newspaper Notice gives the public the opportunity to make representations. If the representation is valid it may result in a Committee hearing at Breckland Council
  • Complete and submit a declaration confirming your display of the Public Notice and Newspaper Notice
  • Do the proposed licensable activities of the premises include the supply or sale of alcohol? If so you must also supply a Designated Premises Supervisor Consent Form

Breckland's Licensing Team will acknowledge receipt within 3 working days. If there are no representations or objections, all requirements have been met and the application form is fully and correctly completed the licence will be granted. If there are any amendments necessary to enable us to accept the application we will contact you, please retain a copy of the completed forms you submit.

Breckland Council are not able to assist you with the completion of your application form (we are happy to answer any enquiries related to the application process). If assistance is required we strongly advise you seek independent legal advice.

Application for a Variation to a Premises Licence

If you wish to make an amendment to your current Premises Licence that affect any of the licensing objectives (prevention of crime and disorder, public safety, prevention of public nuisance and protection of children from harm) you will need to apply to Breckland Council for a Variation. Variations are typically used when adding any extra licensable activities to your licence, adjusting your operating hours, major changes to the layout of the premises, adding or removing conditions on the licence or changes to the plans of the building. Your proposed change may be able to be dealt with under a Minor Variation. Please refer to the guide on variations if you are unsure which type your proposed change falls under.

Before starting your application you should read our guidance on making a variation (please note that this is currently being updated in light of new legislation - if you have any questions please contact the Licensing Team).

In order to apply for a Variation to a Premises Licence you are required to:

  • Complete and return the Variation Application Form along with the relevant fee
    • Please complete the Card Payment Form on the last page of the application
    • Alternatively enclose a cheque made payable to Breckland Council
  • Return both parts of your original Premises Licence
    • If this is not available please confirm why in writing
  • Submit a plan of the building with your application
    • Please clearly indicate any proposed new areas or alterations if applicable
  • Issue a copy of your completed application form to each of the Responsible Authorities
  • Complete and submit a declaration confirming the issuance of the application to the Responsible Authorities
    • Each Responsible Authority could make an objection to your application, which may result in a Committee hearing at Breckland Council
  • Display a Public Notice (example of a Public Notice)
    • It must be displayed in a conspicuous place on the premises for at least 28 consecutive days starting after the day the application was submitted
    • It must be displayed where it can be conveniently read by members of public from the exterior of the premises
    • It must be at least A4 size
    • It must be pale blue in colour
    • It must be printed legibly in black ink or typed in a black font equal or greater that font size 16
    • If the premises covers an area greater than 50 square metres a further, identical notice must be displayed every 50 metres of the perimeter of the premises
    • Please ensure your application is complete and valid before displaying your Public Notice. If incorrect you may need to display again for 28 consecutive days after submission of a complete application
    • The Public Notice gives the public the opportunity to make representations. If the representation is valid it may result in a Committee hearing at Breckland Council
  • Publish a notice in the local press (example of Newspaper Notice)
    • It must be placed in a local newspaper that circulates in the vicinity of the premises
    • It must be published on at least one occasion during the period 10 working days after the day the application was submitted
    • Please ensure your application is complete and valid before displaying your Newspaper Notice. If incorrect you may need to advertise again
    • The Newspaper Notice gives the public the opportunity to make representations. If the representation is valid it may result in a Committee hearing at Breckland Council
  • Complete and submit a declaration confirming your display of the Public Notice and Newspaper Notice

A Variation does not apply if the proposed change is to the Designated Premises Supervisor only.

Breckland's Licensing Team will acknowledge receipt within 3 working days. If there are no representations or objections, all requirements have been met and the application form is fully and correctly completed the amended licence will be granted. Any objections (from the Responsible Authorities) or valid representations (from the public) may result in a committee hearing at Breckland Council, we will contact you to confirm the process if necessary. If there are any amendments needed to enable us to accept the application we will contact you, please retain a copy of the completed forms you submit.

Breckland Council are not able to assist you with the completion of your application form (we are happy to answer any enquiries related to the application process). If assistance is required we strongly advise you seek independent legal advice.
 

Application for a Minor Variation to a Premises Licence

If you wish to make an amendment to your current Premises Licence that does not adversely affect any of the licensing objectives (prevention of crime and disorder, public safety, prevention of public nuisance and protection of children from harm) you will need to apply to Breckland Council for a Minor Variation. Minor Variations are typically used when removing licensable activities from your licence or minor amendments to the layout of the premises. If your proposed change does adversely affect the licensable objectives you will need to apply for a Variation. Please refer to the guide on variations if you are unsure which type your proposed change falls under.

Please read the guide to applying for minor variations before starting your application. Incorrect applications or missing information will mean your application is rejected.

In order to apply for a Minor Variation you are required to:

  • Complete and return the Minor Variation Application Form along with the fee of £89
    • Please complete the Card Payment Form on the last page of the application
    • Alternatively enclose a cheque made payable to Breckland Council
  • Return both parts of your original Premises Licence
    • If this is not available please confirm why in writing
  • Submit a plan of the building with your application
  • Display a Public Notice (example of a Public Notice)
    • It must be displayed in a conspicuous place on the premises for at least 10 working days starting after the day the application was submitted
    • It must be displayed where it can be conveniently read by members of public from the exterior of the premises
    • It must be at least A4 size
    • It must be white in colour
    • It must be printed legibly in black ink or typed in a black font equal or greater that font size 16
    • If the premises covers an area greater than 50 square metres a further, identical notice must be displayed every 50 metres of the perimeter of the premises
    • Please ensure your application is complete and valid before displaying your Public Notice. If incorrect you may need to display again for 10 working days after submission of a complete application
    • The Public Notice gives the public the opportunity to make representations. If the representation is valid it may result in a Committee hearing at Breckland Council

Your Minor Variation will be acknowledged within 3 working days. The decision to authorise or reject the application is made by Breckland's Licensing Team, who may liaise with any of the Responsible Authorities to assist with making the decision. Any valid public representations will also be considered. If there are any amendments needed to enable us to accept the application we will contact you, please retain a copy of the completed forms you submit. A decision will be made within 15 working days of accepting the complete application.

Breckland Council are not able to assist you with the completion of your application form (we are happy to answer any enquiries related to the application process). If assistance is required we strongly advise you seek independent legal advice.
 

Surrender Premises Licence

If you would like to surrender your Premises Licence you are required to complete and return the Surrender Premises Licence application form. You should also enclose both parts of the original Premises Licence.
 

Transfer Premises Licence

A transfer of a Premises Licence can be applied for when a new party wishes to become the new Premises Licence holder. If a current Premises Licence lapses (e.g. through bankruptcy or death) a person or company has 28 days to apply to transfer the licence in to their name, after this time a new Premises Licence will have to be applied for. A transfer can take immediate affect, or you can specify a certain date.

In order to apply to transfer a Premises Licence you are required to:

  • Complete and submit the Transfer Application Form along with the fee of £23.00
    • Please complete the Card Payment Form on the last page of the application
    • Alternatively enclose a cheque made payable to Breckland Council
  • Complete and submit the Consent Form
    • This form must be signed by the current Premises Licence holder
    • If the current Premises Licence holder is not available please explain why in writing
  • Submit a copy of both forms to the Police

The Licensing Team will acknowledge your request within 3 working days. The Police will review the application and can submit objections if they feel the application is detrimental to any of the four licensing objectives. If objections are received from the Police it may result in a committee hearing at Breckland Council.
 

Change of Name or Address for Premises Licence Holder

If you are a Premises Licence holder and have had a change of name or address please complete and return the relevant application form below along with payment of £10.50 (payment details on the application).

Change of name

Change of address
 

Review an existing Premises Licence

If you feel a premises is in breach of any of it's conditions you can request a review of it's licence.

In order to request a review of a current Premises Licence you must be an interested party. You must be either:

  • Living in the vicinity of the premises (or an organisation representing people living in the vicinity)
  • Involved in a business in the vicinity (or an organisation representing people involved in a business in the vicinity)
  • Local elected district Councillor of the licensing Authority (who is your local Councillor?)

You must be able to show how it affects your quality of life and it must relate to one of the four licensing objectives:

  • The protection of children from harm
  • Public safety
  • Prevention of crime and disorder
  • Prevention of public nuisance

If you would like Breckland Council to review a Premises Licence please contact us, our Licensing team will coordinate the review.

It would be helpful if you could keep a log of incidents related to the premises on the report sheets below. This information will assist our Licensing team with any investigation.

The guidance notes below will give you the necessary information on the review process.

Review guidance

Report Sheet 1

Report Sheet 2

If applicable a hearing may take place at Breckland Council, all parties will be invited to the hearing which will be held in public. At the hearing the committee could choose to leave the licence as it is, modify the licence conditions, exclude activities form the licence, suspend or even revoke the licence.
 

Representations on a Premises Licence

Once a valid application is submitted you have 28 days to lodge a representation, the expiry date for representations will be shown on the newspaper notice or public notice on the premises. All representations must be made in writing to:

Licensing Team
Breckland Council
Elizabeth House
Walpole Loke
Dereham
NR19 1EE

To make a representation you must be an interested party. You must be either:

  • Living in the vicinity of the premises (or an organisation representing people living in the vicinity)
  • Involved in a business in the vicinity (or an organisation representing people involved in a business in the vicinity)
  • Local elected district Councillor of the licensing Authority (who is your local Councillor?)

For a representation to be valid and relevant you must clearly show how it will affect your quality of life and it must relate to one of the four licensing objectives:

  • The prevention of children from harm
  • Public safety
  • Prevention of crime and disorder
  • Prevention of public nuisance

For further information on making valid representations (including appealing decisions) please visit the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

If your representation is valid a hearing may be required at Breckland Council, our Licensing team will contact you to confirm the next steps.
 

Application for a Provisional Statement

Anyone interested in making a future application for a Premises Licence can obtain a Provisional Statement, which will give an indication of the likelihood of obtaining a Premises Licence. The statement can be applied for premises that are being constructed, about to be constructed, extended or altered for the purpose of being used for one or more licensable activities. A Provisional Statement does not convert in to a Premises Licence once the construction is complete.

To apply for a Provisional Statement you are required to:

  • Complete and return the Provisional Statement application form along with the fee
    • For premises under construction the fee is £315, if no National Domestic Rateable Value (NDRV) is assigned the fee is £100 (until an NDRV is assigned)
    • The application must be submitted to Breckland Council and each of the Responsible Authorities
    • Please complete the Card Payment Form on the last page of the application
    • Alternatively enclose a cheque made payable to Breckland Council
  • Submit a plan of the building clearly showing the works to be completed
  • Display a Public Notice (example of a Public Notice)
    • It must be displayed in a conspicuous place on the premises for at least 10 consecutive days starting after the day the application was submitted
    • It must be displayed where it can be conveniently read by members of public from the exterior of the premises
    • It must be at least A4 size
    • It must be blue in colour
    • It must be printed legibly in black ink or typed in a black font equal or greater that font size 16
    • If the premises covers an area greater than 50 square metres a further, identical notice must be displayed every 50 metres of the perimeter of the premises
    • Please ensure your application is complete and valid before displaying your Public Notice. If incorrect you may need to display again for 28 consecutive days after submission of a complete application
    • The Public Notice gives the public the opportunity to make representations. If the representation is valid it may result in a Committee hearing at Breckland Council

The Licensing Team will acknowledge your request within 3 working days. The Responsible Authorities will review the application and can submit representations if they feel the application is detrimental to any of the four licensing objectives. If objections are received it may result in a committee hearing at Breckland Council.
 

Notification of Interest

Any person or organisation with a legal interest in a premises may give notice to Breckland Council of their interest, in order to be kept informed of any changes to the licensing register in respect of that premises.

A legal interest is defined as:

  • The freeholder or leaseholder of the premises
  • A legal mortgagee in respect of the premises
  • A person in occupation of the premises

In order to give notification to Breckland Council you are required to complete and return the application form along with the fee of £21 (please complete the card payment form on the last page of the application or enclose a cheque made payable to Breckland Council).

On receipt of your completed application form the Licensing team will record you interest in the premises and return the notice to you. You will then be informed of any applications made on the premises in relation to the Licensing Act 2003 (Alcohol and Entertainment). The notice of interest is valid for 12 months, after this time if you wish to be keep informed of any applications you can submit a new notice.

Interim Authority Notice (in the event of death, incapacity or insolvency of a Premises Licence holder)

A notice can be given where a licence has lapsed due to the death, incapacity or insolvency of a Premises Licence holder and no application has been made to transfer the licence. When an Interim Authority Notice (IAN) is granted business can continue as normal until the licence is transferred. You must contact Breckland Council within 28 days after the day the licence has lapsed and the person giving notice must have a prescribed interest in the premises (e.g. leaseholder) or be connected to the previous licence holder. In order to apply for an IAN please contact us.

Need further information on Premises Licences? Please refer to the Gov UK Licensing Pages

For the full Licensing Act 2003, which regulates Alcohol and Entertainment, please visit the Legislation.gov.uk pages.

If you are unable to find the information you need, please contact us and we'll be happy to help.