The Licensing Act 2003
To sell alcohol, provide public entertainment or provide late night refreshment you will need a Premises Licence.
You can get this from your local District or Borough Council:
Our role in licensing
We act as a Responsible Authority, so we will negotiate conditions to attach to your licence.
These will relate to:
- Protection of children from harm.
- Prevention of crime and disorder.
We do not issue licences.
We offer advice on policies, procedures and best practice to put in place to support the objectives.
We expect responsible retailers to include these as conditions on their licence. This would show their commitment to upholding the licensing objectives.
If retailers compromise licensing objectives, we may consider taking their licence to review. For example, we may do this in the case of a sale of alcohol to a minor, or the sale of counterfeit alcohol or tobacco.
The main purpose of licensing is to promote these objectives:
- The prevention of public nuisance
- Public safety
- The prevention of crime and disorder
- Protection of children from harm
Please see our page on on-licence support.
You can find more information relating to alcohol licensing from the Home Office.
You can also find more information about Under-age sales.