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Premises Licence

To provide late-night refreshments and regulated entertainment, and sell alcohol, you need a licence from the local authority if you are in England and Wales. Almost any business that carries on one or more licensable activities will need a premises licence, including takeaways and late night cafes.

EU Services Directive

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Eligibility Criteria

Any of the following may apply for a premises licence:

  • anyone who uses carries on a business in the premises to which the application relates
  • a recognised club
  • a charity
  • a health service body
  • a person who is registered under the Care Standards Act 2000 in relation to an independent hospital
  • a chief police officer of a force in England and Wales
  • anyone discharging a statutory or function under Her Majesty's prerogative
  • a person from an educational institute
  • any other permitted person

Applicants must not be under 18 years of age.

Regulation Summary

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2005/42/contents/made

Application Evaluation Process

Applications must be sent to the licensing authority for the area where the premises are located.

Applications must be in a specific format and be accompanied by any required fee. An operating schedule, a plan of the premises and a form of consent from the premises supervisor (for applications where the sale of alcohol will be a licensable activity).
 
An operating schedule will include details of:

  • the licensable activities
  • the times when the activities will take place
  • any other times when the premises will be open to the public
  • in the case of applicants who wish to have a limited licence, the period the licence is required for
  • information in respect of the premises supervisor
  • whether any alcohol that is to be sold is for consumption on or of the premises or both
  • the steps proposed to be taken to promote the licensing objectives
  • any other required information

Applicants may be required to advertise their application and to give notice of the application to any other person or responsible body, e.g. the local authority, chief police officer or fire and rescue authority.
 
The licensing authority must grant the application, which can be subject to conditions. A hearing must be held if any representations are made in respect of the application. If a hearing is held the licence can be granted or granted subject to additional conditions, licensable activities listed in the application can be excluded or the application can be rejected.
 
The licensing authority will serve a notice of its decision on the applicant, any person who has made relevant representations (ie representations that were not deemed frivolous or vexatious) and the chief of police.
 
Applications can also be made to vary or transfer a licence. A hearing may have to be heard if representations are made or conditions relating to a transfer are not met.
 
Other applications that can be made are applications for an interim authority notice following the death, incapacity or insolvency of a licence holder or review applications.

Will Tacit Consent Apply?

Yes, except for applications for minor variations to premises licences or club premises certificates. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the local authority by the end of the target completion period.

Target Completion Period

50 calendar days.

Fees

word icon Licensing Act 2003 Fees [72kb]

Apply Online

Craven District Council cannot receive online premises applications. This feature will be available in the near future.

Apply by Post

For all types of Premises Licence applications please click here

Advertising Applications

Statutory Blue Notices are for premises licences applications, variations and club premises certificates. The notice should be displayed at the premises on A4 blue paper for 28 days. Day 1 is the day following the day the complete application is received at the Local Authority. If you are unsure please check with us. Please be aware this document should be printed on blue paper as required by Regulation 25 of the Licensing Act 2003. word icon New Application Notice [24kb] word icon Variation Application Notice [24kb]

Premises licences applications, variations and club premises certificates must also be advertised in a local newspaper at least once during the ten working days after your application has been given to the council.

Minor Variations require a statutory notice to be displayed on white A4 paper at the premises for 10 working days starting on the day after the day on which the application was given to Craven District Council. word icon Minor Variation Notice [25kb]

Contact

Address: Licensing, Craven District Council, 1 Belle Vue Square, Broughton Road, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 1FJ

Phone: 01756 706251

Email: licensing@cravendc.gov.uk

Failed Application and Licence Holder Redress

Please contact us in the first instance.

Applicants and holders of premises licences can appeal when:

  • an application for a premises licence is refused
  • an application to vary a premises licence is refused
  • an application to transfer a licence is refused
  • conditions are put on a premises licence
  • variations are made to the conditions of a premises licence
  • a licensable activity is excluded
  • a person is excluded as a premises supervisor
  • the premises licence is withdrawn by the Council, or
  • against the decision of a review

Appeals must be made to a Magistrates' Court within 21 days of the decision being made.

Consumer Complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Citizens Advice Consumer Service will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

An interested party or responsible authority may apply to the licensing authority to review the premises licence. A hearing will be held by the licensing authority.

Appeals must be made to the local Magistrates' court within 21 days of the decision appealed.

Other Redress

The chief police officer for the police area where the premises are located can apply to the licensing authority for a review of the licence if the premises are licensed to sell alcohol by retail and a senior officer has given a certificate that they are of the opinion that the premises are associated with either serious crime or disorder or both. A hearing will be held and the licence holder and other interested parties may make representations.

A chief police officer can give a notice to the licensing authority if they believe that the transfer of a licence to another, under a variation application could undermine crime prevention objectives. Such a notice must be given within 14 days of receiving notification of the application.

An interested party or responsible body may make representations in relation to a licence application or request the licensing body to review a licence.

An interested party or responsible authority may apply to the licensing authority to review the premises licence. A hearing will be held by the licensing authority.

A chief police officer may make representations to the licensing authority for a review of the licence if the premises are licensed to sell alcohol by retail and a senior member of the force has given a certificate to state that in their opinion the premises are associated with serious crime, disorder or both.

An interested party or relevant authority who made relevant representations may appeal against the granting of a licence or against any condition, variation, licensable activity or premises supervisor decisions.

Appeals are made to a Magistrates' court within 21 days of notice of the decision.

Trade Associations

Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR)

Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematograph and Theatre Union (BECTU)

Federation of Licensed Victuallers Associations (FLVA)

Register of premises licenses

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Applications

Premises Licence Applications received by Craven District Council can be viewed online. Please click here to view current applications.

Fire Safety Advice

Below is a link to North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue business safety website which may be helpful to applicants and premises licence holders.

NYFRS business safety website: http://www.northyorksfire.gov.uk/businesssafety/legislation