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Alcohol and entertainment premises licences

When you need a licence

You need a premises licence for 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

Regulated entertainment is:

  • a performance of a play
  • an exhibition of a film
  • an indoor sporting event
  • a boxing or wrestling entertainment
  • a performance of live music
  • any playing of recorded music
  • a performance of dance
  • entertainment of a similar description to a performance of live music, any playing of recorded music or a performance of dance

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

Exemptions

The following do not need a premises licence:

  • trains and airplanes on a journey
  • films in museums
  • religious services
  • garden fetes
  • film exhibitions for the purpose of advertising or education
  • crown premises occupied by armed forces
  • music incidental to other activities
  • live TV and radio broadcasts

Guidance

We encourage all new applicants to contact the licensing team for an informal discussion about proposals before submitting an application. You can also find further information in our applicant guidance, our statement of licensing policy and on GOV.UK - alcohol licensing.

Provisional statements

If you are considering opening licensed premises you can apply for a provisional statement.

This means that you can prepare new premises in the confidence that a full licence will be granted, providing that it is built according to the original operating schedule and plans submitted to the licensing authority and that there have been no material changes in the meantime.

Who can apply

Any of the following may apply for a premises licence:

  • anyone who uses or carries on a business in the premises to which the licence 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 duty or a function under Her Majesty's prerogative
  • a person from an education institute
  • any other permitted person

Applicants must be over the age of 18.

How to apply

Applications should be made to the local authority where the premises are situated.

Apply online:

Application process

Please send your application with a plan of the premises. This must be in a specific format. Please also send an operating schedule with details such as the times that licensable activities will take place and steps the applicant proposes to take to promote the licensing objectives. A consent from the designated premises supervisor will be required where the sale of alcohol will be a licensable activity.

Consultation with specified responsible authorities is part of the application process. If you apply online, we will consult the responsible authorities on your behalf. If you send us your application by post, you will need to copy your application to them.

How long will it take to process my application?

New applications

Once the application is validated as complete, responsible authorities and interested parties have a period of 28 days within which they may make representations about the application.

Other applications

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

Representations

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.

Appeals

Please contact us initially. Any applicant who is refused the grant or variation of a premises licence or who wants to object to a condition on the licence can appeal to their local magistrates' court within 21 days of receiving notice of the decision.

Responsible authorities

Consultation with specified responsible authorities is part of the application process.

Licensing

Thames Valley Police
Headquarters (South)
Kidlington
OX5 2NX

Bracknell Area Child Protection Committee

c/o Licensing
Thames Valley Police
Headquarters (South)
Kidlington
OX5 2NX

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service

The Fire Safety Office
Bridge Road
Maidenhead
SL6 8PG

Consultant in Public Health

Bracknell Forest Council
Time Square
Market Street
Bracknell
RG12 1JD

Trading Standards Team

Bracknell Forest Council
Time Square
Market Street
Bracknell
RG12 1JD

Planning Team

Bracknell Forest Council
Time Square
Market Street
Bracknell
RG12 1JD

Environmental Protection Team

Bracknell Forest Council
Time Square
Market Street
Bracknell
RG12 1JD

Environmental Health Team (For non-council operated premises)

Bracknell Forest Council
Time Square
Market Street
Bracknell
RG12 1JD

Home Office (Immigration Enforcement)

Alcohol Licensing Team 
Lunar House 
40 Wellesley Road 
Croydon 
CR9 2BY
 

The Health and Safety Executive (For council-operated premises)

Priestley House
Priestley Road
Basingstoke
RG24 7NW

Contact Information

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