Licensing and making a new application
All the official application forms can be downloaded from the Home Office licensing forms webpage.
As the application procedures are quite complicated, you may find it helpful to consult our Guidance for Applicants. You will also find relevant information in the Council's Statement of Licensing Policy and in Guidance issued by the Secretary of State under section 182 of the Act.
Depending on the type of application being made, copies need to be sent to Surrey Police and the Responsible Authorities. In the case of applications made through the Gov.uk portal, the Licensing Authority will forward electronic copies of the documents to the Police and Responsible Authorities.
Alternatively complete an application. Please note that postal and electronic application requirements are different and so you must use either one or the other. The electronic forms will only be accepted if they are submitted through the Gov.uk system; please do not print and send them to us.
Current fees set by the Government.
An annual charge is due on the anniversary of the premises licence or club premises certificate being granted. Whoever holds the premises licence or certificate is responsible for ensuring the annual charge is received on time by the Licensing Authority. Licence and certificate holders who do not wish to be liable for the annual fee should ensure that they return the licence or certificate to the Licensing Authority before the annual charge falls due.
If the annual fee is not paid on time, the Licensing Authority will suspend the premises licence or club premises certificate and inform the Police.
Premises Licences and Club Premises Certificates
Applications for Premises Licences and Club Premises Certificates must be made to the Licensing Authority with copies to Surrey Police and the Responsible Authorities. The fee is based on the non-domestic rateable value of the premises and, once granted, there is an annual fee also based on this rateable value. Licences and Certificates are normally granted in perpetuity and only terminate when something happens, e.g. bankruptcy or when the premises closes and the licence is handed back.
Notice of an application must be posted outside the premises and be advertised in a newspaper circulating in the area. Summary details of applications are also posted on the Council's website. Representations may be submitted to the Licensing Authority based on one or more of the licensing objectives, supported by evidence. Any person may also seek a review of the licence or certificate if they have evidence that the licensing objectives are being breached.
Applications to vary licences or certificates have to go through the same procedure as an application for a new licence or certificate. However, there is a simplified procedure for minor variations that are unlikely to impact on the licensing objectives. This procedure is quicker and has a reduced fee, but if they are rejected they then have to follow the full variation procedure.
- Guidance for premises licence holders and operators regarding the Licensing Act 2003 section M - Licensing Objective - The Protection of Children from harm
Applications for Personal Licences must be made to the Licensing Authority in which the applicant lives. Only the Police can object to an application for a Personal Licence.
For more information and answers to FAQs go to the Home Office licensing webpage
The following provides details of the relevant offences in Schedule 4 of the Licensing Act 2003; the document is in Adobe pdf format.
Most non-profit making clubs can apply for a Club Premises Certificate. The supply of alcohol in such clubs does not need to be made by someone with a Personal Licence and a Premises Licence is not required. Qualifying clubs may include Royal British Legion, working men's clubs, sports clubs, etc.
Temporary Events Notices
A person (a premises user) can carry on licensing activities without having to obtain a licence or club premises certificate by providing the licensing authority with a temporary event notice (a TEN). The TEN must contain certain information including, but not limited to, the proposed licensable activities, details of the premises and duration of the proposed event. Further information on TENs.
The requirements on regulated entertainment have been partially deregulated.
Tacit consent applies to applications for premises licences, club premises certificates and temporary event notices provided they have been submitted electronically via the Gov.uk site or where the business can show proof of delivery from a post office or recognised courier and where all the relevant documentation has been received by the Licensing Authority.
Once the period for making representations on an application has expired, the Licensing Authority will advise the applicant whether the licence has been granted or will go to a hearing.
Operators of premises need to register as a food business at least 28 days before taking over control of a licensed premises.
In most instances of copyrighted recorded music being played in public, a licence is required from both the PRS for Music and the PPL. The PPL collects and distributes licence fees for the use of recorded music on behalf of record companies and performers, while PRS for Music collects and distributes for the use of musical compositions and lyrics on behalf of songwriters, composers and publishers. These are entirely separate from the premises licences issued by the Council and any questions about them should be directed to the organisations concerned.