If you’re looking to open a pub, you’ll need to get a pub licence. This is a process that can seem daunting, but don’t worry – we’re here to help! In this blog post, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of getting a premises licence through licensing authority.

We’ll cover everything from applying for a premises licence to submitting your personal licence application. So, whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been in business for years, this guide has something for everyone!


Types of Pub Licences Available:

There are two types of licences available for the sale of alcohol: premises licences and personal licences.

Premises Licence:

A premises licence is required in order to sell alcohol, provide entertainment or late-night refreshment on the premises. This type of licence is applied for through the local council and designated premises supervisor (DPS).

Personal Licence:

A personal licence allows an individual to sell alcohol on behalf of a business. A personal licence holder can conduct supply of alcohol under licensing act. To apply for this type of licence, you must first complete an accredited licensing qualification. Once you have done this, you can then submit your application to the local licensing authority.


How do you go about applying for a licence in your area?

The first step is to contact your local council and request an application form. Once you have completed the form, you will need to send it back to the council along with the fee.

You may also need to send copies of your form (depending on the type of application you are making) to the police and other ‘responsible authorities.

It’s important to note that a club premises certificate can take up to eight weeks to be processed. Contact your local licensing authority to the designated premises supervisor to know more about club premises certificates.


What information do I need to include in my pub licence application?

When applying for premises licences, you will need to include:

  • The name, address and contact details of the premises
  • The name and contact details of the premises manager
  • A floor plan of the premises
  • Details of any proposed changes to the premises
  • The days and times when you want to sell alcohol
  • The type of entertainment you want to provide, and the days and times when this will take place
  • Whether you are applying for a premises licence or personal licence
  • If you are applying for a premises licence, you will need to include a copy of your pub’s safety and personal licence training certificate
  • If you are applying for a personal licence, you will need to include a copy of your DBS check.


As well as this, you may also be required to advertise your application for a personal licence and licensing objectives in a local newspaper. This is so that members of the public have an opportunity to comment on your application.


How much does it cost to apply for a pub licence?

The cost of applying for a pub licence varies depending on the type of licence you are applying for and the size of your premises.

For example, a premises licence for a small pub could cost around £100, while a personal licence could cost around £37.

It’s always best to check with your local council what the specific fees are for pub licences in your area.



Tips for maintaining your pub licence and avoiding any penalties or fines:

Now that you know how to apply for a pub licence, let’s take a look at some tips for maintaining your pub licence and avoiding any penalties or fines.

  • Make sure you keep your premises clean and tidy at all times. This includes the inside of your pub as well as the outside area.
  • Ensure that all staff members are properly trained in food hygiene and health and safety procedures.
  • Make sure all staff members are aware of the pub’s licensing conditions and requirements.
  • Keep up to date with changes to alcohol licensing laws and regulations.
  • Regularly check that your premises have the correct insurance cover in place.
  • If you make any changes to your premises, make sure you notify your local council and obtain the necessary permission.
  • Make sure that any music played on your premises is covered by a valid licence.
  • Do not allow anyone under the age of 18 to enter your premises after 11 pm.

By following these tips, you can help to ensure that your pub licence remains valid and that you avoid any penalties or fines. If you have any questions about pub licences or alcohol licensing laws, don’t hesitate to get in touch with your local council for advice. Thanks for reading!