Premises licence - new applications

A premises licence is needed to:
  • Sell alcohol;
  • Serve hot food or drink between 11pm and 5am
  • Provide entertainment (plays, films, indoor sporting events, live music, recorded music (other than background music), dance and providing music-making or dancing facilities).

Apply for a premises licence

Immigration Act 2016 - right to work and immigration status

From 6 April 2017, individual applicants and applications from partnerships which are not limited liability partnerships are required to provide documentation to prove entitlement to work/immigration status.

To hold a licence an individual or member of a partnership must be resident in the UK and:

  • Have the right to live and work in the UK and
  • Have no conditions preventing them from doing the licensable activity 

To prove this you need to include copies or scans (which don’t need to be certified) of the following documents:

After 6 April if the licence holder no longer has the right to work in the UK the premises licence will be invalid.

Premises licence application process

The application should be advertised for a period of 28 days at the premises and a copy should also be advertised in the public notices section of the local newspaper.
After the 28 day consultation period has expired, if no representations have been received from responsible authorities or interested parties, then the licence is granted as applied for. We will issue the licence shortly after.
If we receive a representation from a responsible authority or interested party then the application may need to be considered by the licensing sub committee. A hearing will be arranged within 20 working days after the end of the representation period.

Mandatory conditions for premises licences licensed for the sale by retail of alcohol

If a premises licence, which includes retail sale of alcohol, has been issued, then there will be mandatory conditions which the licence holder must adhere to. 

For details please:

Failure to meet any conditions attached to a premises licence may result in an unlimited fine and/or six months imprisonment.

Statement of Licensing Policy

Forest of Dean District Council’s current Statement of Policy will expire in 2021. Please: