A premises licence is a single authorisation that allows a premises to be used for one or more licensable activities.
‘Premises’ means any place including a vehicle, vessel or moveable structure.
You must specify when making your application, which activities you wish to hold at your premises and the hours and days they will take place.
Once issued, a premises licence remains in force until it is surrendered by the holder or revoked following a review of the licence.
Some licences are time limited. The period will be specified on the licence and the licence lapses at the end of the specified period.
A premises licence can lapse if the holder of the licence:
Becomes mentally incapable
Becomes insolvent or until the business dissolves
Please contact us immediately if any of these situations occur.
When you make an application, the details of the application will be published on the website and the information on any licence granted will be included in a public register.
An annual fee is payable to us each year on the anniversary of the date the licence was first granted. Download the list of fees:
Download the file Application Fees
Details on those premises exempt from premises licence fees
Any of the following may apply for a premises licence:
Applicants must not be under 18 years of age.
You will need to create a Government Gateway account before you can proceed with your application.
Pay by cheque (made payable to Sheffield City Council) through the post, or bring cash and cheques to our reception (see contact us for our address).
Print the application form and the appropriate documents below and post them to us or bring them to our reception (see contact us for our address).
Application form to apply for a premises licence under the Licensing Act 2003
If the premises you are proposing to use are within the Sheffield boundary, you need to make an application to us.
Applications must be accompanied by the required fee.
The application form will allow you to put details of your proposed operating schedule such as:
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 designated premises supervisor
whether any alcohol that is to be sold is for consumption on or off the premises or both
the steps proposed to be taken to promote the licensing objectives
any other required information.
With your application, you must submit a plan of the premises that adheres to the guidance notes:
Guidance on how to apply for a premises licence under the Licensing Act 2003
Guidance notes for what to show on the plan of the premises
If you are proposing to sell alcohol from the premises a form of consent must be signed by the designated premises supervisor for the premises and submitted with the application.
A designated premises supervisor must hold a personal licence.
Download the file Consent of the Designated Premises Supervisor
You must advertise your application in line with this guidance:
Information Guidance on Advertising your Application
You must also display a notice on the premises that is to be licensed. Download the notice template:
A template for you to use for the notice of your application
Applicants must provide a copy of the application to a number of ‘responsible authorities’.
If you are applying online, we will circulate your application to the responsible authorities.
Responsible Authority Consultation List
It is advisable to gain your own legal advice prior to applying for a licence.
If the premises have not yet been constructed or are due to go under major refurbishment then an application for a provisional statement is required.
On the day after an application is received, a 28 day consultation period begins allowing comments or 'representations' to be made about the application by the responsible authorities and any other person.
During this time, the responsible authorities will work with you to ensure your proposals are in line with the 4 licensing objectives.
If no comments are received during this period the application will be deemed granted after the last date for representation and your licence will be issued and sent to you.
If relevant representations are received within the 28 day consultation period a public hearing must be held to determine your application. You will be notified in writing telling you when the hearing will be, who has made a representation and what that representation is.
The public hearing will be held within 20 working days after the last date for representation. The hearing date may be extended if we consider it is in the public interest to do so.
Please contact us.
Any applicant, responsible authority or person making representation is able to appeal our decision to a Magistrate’s Court within 21 days of the notice of decision.
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Disclaimer of the Licensing Service