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Applications for Premises Licences

Please use the links below to download forms for Premises Licence applications:

Proof of Permission to be in the UK

Section 36 of, and Schedule 4 to the Immigration Act 2016 (the 2016 Act) amend the 2003 Act to provide that in England and Wales:

Premises licences to sell alcohol or provide late night refreshment and personal licences cannot be issued to an individual who does not have permission to be in the UK, or is not entitled to undertake work relating to the carrying on of a licensable activity. Please refer to the guidance notes for individual applications.

Selling of alcohol

If you are applying for a Premises Licence with a view to selling alcohol, the mandatory conditions are at the link below.

Door supervisors

If you are applying for a Premises Licence with a view to using Door Supervisors, the mandatory conditions are at the link below.

Showing films

If you are applying for a Premises Licence with a view to the exhibition films, the mandatory conditions are at the link below.

Further Mandatory Conditions

By virtue of the Licensing Act 2003 (Mandatory Licensing Conditions) Order 2010 a series of further Mandatory Conditions were added to the Licences for the sale by retail of alcohol. 

Public Registers of Licensed Premises

A Public Register showing details of a premise can be viewed at the links below:

These online registers may not include all items that are available to the public for inspection and, therefore, further enquiries may be necessary of the Authority.

Required information on new notices of application

In relation to new premises licence applications, please note that the following information must be included on a Blue Site Notice and a newspaper Public Notice:

(1) In the case of an application for a premises licence or a club premises certificate, the notices referred to in regulation 25 shall contain a statement of the relevant licensable activities or relevant qualifying club activities as the case may require which it is proposed will be carried on or from the premises.

(2) In the case of an application for a provisional statement, the notices referred to in regulation 25—

(a) shall state that representations are restricted after the issue of a provisional statement; and

(b) where known, may state the relevant licensable activities which it is proposed will be carried on or from the premises.

(3) In the case of an application to vary a premises licence or a club premises certificate, the notices referred to in regulation 25 shall briefly describe the proposed variation.

(4) In all cases, the notices referred to in regulation 25 shall state —

(a) the name of the applicant or club;

(b) the postal address of the premises or club premises, if any, or if there is no postal address for the premises a description of those premises sufficient to enable the location and extent of the premises or club premises to be identified;

(c) the postal address and, where applicable, the worldwide web address where the register of the relevant licensing authority is kept and where and when the record of the application may be inspected;

(d) the date by which an interested party or responsible authority may make representations to the relevant licensing authority;

(e) that representations shall be made in writing; and

(f) that it is an offence knowingly or recklessly to make a false statement in connection with an application and the maximum fine for which a person is liable on summary conviction is unlimited.

GDPR Privacy Statements

View the full privacy statement for Premises Licences 

Licence summary 

To sell alcohol, to provide regulated entertainment or to provide late-night refreshment, you need a licence from the local authority if you are in England and Wales

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

A Licence may not be held by an individual or an individual in a partnership who is a resident in the UK who:

  • does not have the right to live and work in the UK; or
  • is subject to a condition preventing him or her from doing work relating to the carrying on of a licensable activity.

Regulation Summary 

Summary of the eligibility criteria for this licence can be found on the GOV.UK website.

Application Evaluation Process 

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

Applications must be in a prescribed statutory 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, eg the local authority, chief police officer or fire and rescue authority.

The licensing authority must grant the application, which will likely be subject to conditions consistent with operating schedule. 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 Minor Variations). 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 of up to 50 working days

Apply online
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Apply online is not currently available
However, you can download forms (above) as PDFs too:

  • Apply for a premises licence
  • Apply for a provisional statement
  • Apply for a Designated Premises Supervisor to be disapplied
  • Tell us about a minor change to your premises
  • Apply to vary your premises licence
  • Apply to transfer your premises licence
  • Notify us of an interest in premises under section 178
  • Tell us about a change to your existing interim authority notice
  • Tell us about a change to your existing consent to transfer
  • Notify us of your request to be removed as designated premises supervisor
  • Tell us about a change to your existing consent to be designated
  • Tell us about a change to your existing application to vary a premises licence to specify an individual as designated premises supervisor
  • Notify us of a change of name or address
  • Extend or renew your annual fee payment

Failed Application Redress

Please contact the Licensing Team in the first instance.

If an application for a licence is refused the failed applicant can appeal.

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

Licence Holder Redress

Please contact the Licensing Team in the first instance.

If an application is made by the chief police officer, as detailed below, and interim steps are taken by the licensing authority you may make representations. A hearing must be held within 48 hours of your representations.

A licence holder may appeal against any conditions attached to a licence, a decision to reject a variation application, a decision to reject a transfer application or a decision to exclude an activity or person as premises supervisor.

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

Consumer Complaint

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

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

Public Register

See list of publicly available Licensing Registers

Trade Associations

Contact the Licensing team

Email: Licensing@bedford.gov.uk
Tel: 01234 276934
Fax: 01234 718392

Bedford Borough Council
Licensing Service
Cauldwell Street
Bedford MK42 9AP

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