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A premises licence allows a premises to be used for one or more "licensable activities".

The Licensing Act 2003 says that the following are licensable activities:

  • The sale by retail of alcohol
  • The provision of regulated entertainment
  • The provision of late night refreshment

More information on premises licences can be viewed on the Home Office website.


Applying for a premises licence

You are strongly encouraged to ask for advice from officers in our licensing department before making an application for a premises licence. The officers can help make sure that you go through all the necessary procedures properly, which helps you to avoid unnecessary delays in the application process.

You can contact the licensing department by email at licensing@tewkesbury.gov.uk or by phone on 01684 272284.

If you want permission to use the premises for the sale of alcohol, you will need to name in the application a person who will act as designated premises supervisor (DPS). This person must agree to being nominated as the DPS by completing a consent form.

You will need to send your application to us at:

Licensing Department, Tewkesbury Borough Council, Public Services Centre, Gloucester Road, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, GL20 5TT or by email at licensing@tewkesbury.gov.uk.

Copies of your application will also need to be sent to all of the responsible authorities, whose contact details can be found below.

A template for the public notice that needs to be displayed at the premises and published in a local newspaper, circular or similar document can be downloaded below. Please note that the notice displayed at the relevant premises must be printed on light blue paper.

You can find out the non-domestic rateable value of the relevant premises by visiting the Valuation Office Agency website.
 

Will tacit consent apply?

Yes. After the 28 day consultation period has expired, if no representations have been received from responsible authorities or other persons, then the licence is granted as applied for. We will issue the licence shortly after.

If there is a representation from a responsible authority other person then this will cause the application to be considered by the Licensing Sub-Committee. A hearing will be arranged within 56 days from the date the application is made.


DPS applications

On every premises licence that allows a premises to be used for the sale of alcohol, there must be specified details of a designated premises supervisor (DPS).

The DPS must hold a personal licence and should usually be the person that controls the management of the premises on a day to day basis.
 

Applications

If you hold a premises licence and need to change your DPS, you will need to complete the application form below. The new DPS also needs to give their consent to being nominated.

Both of these forms and the existing premises licence must then be sent to us at the following address, along with the £23 fee (cheques made payable to Tewkesbury Borough Council):

Licensing Officer, Tewkesbury Borough Council, Public Services Centre, Gloucester Road, Tewkesbury, GL20 5TT, email: licensing@tewkesbury.gov.uk

You should also send copies of the forms to:

Licensing Unit, Community Engagement Department, Police Headquarters, No 1 Waterwells, Quedgeley, Gloucester, GL2 2AN, email: licensing@gloucestershire.pnn.police.uk
 

Will tacit consent apply?

Yes. The application may take effect immediately or on a date specified in the application form and revised premises licence and licence summary will be issued to you.  If the Chief Officer of Police for the area where the premises is situated is satisfied that the exceptional circumstances of the case are such that granting the application would undermine the crime prevention objective, he must give us a notice within 14 days. We will then hold a hearing to determine the notice given by the police.
 

Request to be removed as DPS

If you are the DPS specified on a premises licence and you no longer want to be, you must notify us and the holder of the premises licence of this in writing.

If you want to be removed as DPS from a premises licence you can use the following form to give notice to us and the holder of the premises licence.

This notice should then be sent to us at: Licensing Officer, Tewkesbury Borough Council, Public Services Centre, Gloucester Road, Tewkesbury, GL20 5TT.

You must also send a copy to the holder of the premises licence.


Transfer applications

To transfer a premises licence to you from the existing licence holder, you must apply to formally change the licence. The existing holder of the premises licence must also give their consent to the transfer.

Both of these completed forms and the existing premises licence must then be sent to the following address, along with the £23 fee (cheques made payable to Tewkesbury Borough Council):

Licensing Officer, Tewkesbury Borough Council, Public Services Centre, Gloucester Road, Tewkesbury, GL20 5TT, email: licensing@tewkesbury.gov.uk

You should also send copies of the forms to:

Licensing Unit, Community Engagement Department, Police Headquarters, No 1 Waterwells, Quedgeley, Gloucester, GL2 2AN, email: licensing@gloucestershire.pnn.police.uk
 

Will tacit consent apply?

Yes. The application may take effect immediately or on a date specified in the application form and revised premises licence and licence summary will be issued to you.  If the chief officer of police for the area where the premises is situated is satisfied that the exceptional circumstances of the case are such that granting the application would undermine the crime prevention objective, he must give us a notice within 14 days. We will then hold a hearing to determine the notice given by the police.


Variation applications

If you hold a premises licence and want to make changes to it, you can apply for a variation of the licence.

If you are only looking to make small changes to the licence, which will not impact on the promotion of the licensing objectives, it may be possible to apply for a minor variation of the premises licence. Minor variations are subject to a simplified application process and a lower application fee.

If you are thinking of making changes to your premises licence, you are strongly encouraged to seek advice from officers in our licensing department before applying.  The officers will be able to advise you whether or not you can apply for a minor variation and can also assist you to make sure you follow all of the necessary procedures, which will help you to avoid unnecessary delays in the application process.

You can contact the licensing department by email at licensing@tewkesbury.gov.uk or by phone on 01684 272284.

Further guidance on variation applications can be found on the Home Office website.
 

Applications

If you are varying the licence to seek authorisation to use the premises for the sale of alcohol, you will need to identify a person who will act as designated premises supervisor (DPS). This person must agree to being nominated as the DPS by completing a consent form.

Application forms should be sent to: Licensing Department, Tewkesbury Borough Council, Public Services Centre, Gloucester Road, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, GL20 5TT.

You will also need to send your application to all of the responsible authorities, whose contact details can be found below.

A template for the public notice that will need to be displayed at the premises and published in a local newspaper, circular or similar document can also be downloaded below.  Please note that the notice displayed at the relevant premises must be printed on light blue paper.


Will tacit consent apply?

Yes. After the 28 day consultation period has expired, if no representations have been received from responsible authorities or other persons, then the licence is granted as applied for. We will issue the licence shortly after.
If there is a representation from a responsible authority other person then this will cause the application to be considered by the Licensing Sub-Committee. A hearing will be arranged within 56 days from the date the application is made.


Minor variation applications

If you are the holder of a premises licence and you want to make small alterations to their premises licence that will not impact adversely on the licensing objectives, you can apply for a "minor variation" of the licence.

When we receive an application for a minor variation, we must consider whether the changes being proposed could impact adversely on the licensing objectives.

When considering an application, we have to consult with other relevant authorities if there is any doubt about the impact the proposed changes will have on the licensing objectives and we think we need specialist advice.  We will then take the views of these authorities into account in reaching our decision.

More information on variations to premises licences can be found on the Home Office website.
 

Applications

The application form must be sent with the existing premises licence, any other relevant documents and the fee of £89 to: Licensing Officer, Tewkesbury Borough Council, Public Services Centre, Gloucester Road, Tewkesbury, GL20 5TT.

You will then have to advertise your application by displaying a public notice at the relevant premises for a period of 10 working days, starting on the working day after the minor variation application was given to us. The public notice must be on white paper of at least A4 size.


Will tacit consent apply?

Yes. If after the 10 working day consultation period has expired and no representations have been made by a responsible authority or other persons, then we will approve the minor variation. If any representations have been received, we have a further five working days to consider them and will decide whether to approve or reject the application. If the minor variation is approved, we will issue a notice outlining the minor variation to the premises licence. We will also issue a new licence to reflect the minor variation.