Licence - changes to premises licences

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A licence holder may apply to a local licensing authority to vary or transfer a licence. The existing licence must accompany the application. A person can also apply for an interim authority notice following the death, incapacity or insolvency of a licence holder.

A premises licence is required to authorise the following licensable activities at any premises:

  • sale by retail of alcohol
  • provision of late night refreshment (hot food/drink between 11pm and 5am)
  • provision of regulated entertainment

Premises can include open spaces and temporary structures as well as buildings or parts of buildings.

To apply for a new licence, please visit our premises licence web page.

How to apply

Eligibility

Any of the following may apply for a premises licence:

  • anyone who uses or 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.

What the law says

Licensing Act 2003

Application process

A licence holder may apply to a local licensing authority to vary or transfer a licence. The existing licence must accompany the application. A person can also apply for an interim authority notice following the death, incapacity or insolvency of a licence holder.

How long will it take to process my application?

Once the application is validated as complete, responsible authorities and interested parties have

  • a period of 10 days within which they may make representations about a minor variation application and
  • a period of 14 days within which they may make representations about an application to vary or transfer a licence.

If no representations are received, we aim to process your application within 10 days from the closing date. If representations are received, the licensing authority will hold a hearing to determine the application within 28 days after the closing date.

How to appeal

Please contact us in the first instance.

Any applicant who is refused the grant or variation of a premises licence or wants to object to a condition on the licence can appeal to their local Magistrates' court with 21 days of receiving notice of the decision.

Complaints about licensed premises

If you experience noise or other disturbances, we would advise you to speak to your neighbours and find out if they are having similar problems, then contact the business itself to make them aware of the problem and see if you can reach a solution or compromise.

If you cannot resolve the problem informally, you can contact the Licensing Team through the Customer Service Centre on 01344 352000 or email licence.all@bracknell-forest.gov.uk and we can investigate the complaint.

If the problem is on-going, we would suggest you keep a diary detailing the problems (date, time, what happened). If it is a criminal matter, you should contact the police. If all else fails, you can seek a review of the premises licence.  

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