A premises licence issued under the Licensing Act 2003 allows a premises to sell alcohol, provide regulated entertainment or serve late night refreshment.

 

Terms

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:

  • Dies
  • 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.

Costs

An annual fee is payable to us each year on the anniversary of the date the licence was first granted. 

Selling alcohol

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.

Eligibility criteria

Any of the following may apply for a premises licence:

  • anyone who 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 person who is registered under Chapter 2 of Part 1 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 in respect of the carrying on of a regulated activity (within the meaning of that Part) in an independent hospital in England
  • 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.

Application process

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.

Timescales / how we will notify you

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.

Appeals

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.

Premises under construction or being refurbished

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.

Premises Licences: Interim Authority Notice

The Licensing Act 2003 provides special arrangements for the continuation of permissions under a premises licence when the holder of a licence dies suddenly, becomes insolvent or is mentally incapable.

In the normal course of events, the licence would lapse in such circumstances.

However, there may also be some time before, for example, the deceased person's estate can be dealt with or an administrator receiver appointed.

This could have a damaging effect on those with interests in the premises, such as an owner, the person who leases it or employees working at the premises in question; and could bring unnecessary disruption to customers' plans.

The Act therefore provides for the licence to be capable of being reinstated in a discrete period of time in certain circumstances.

Terms

An “interim authority” notice may be given to the licensing authority where a premises licence has lapsed owing to the death, mental incapacity or insolvency of the premises licence holder.

The effect of the interim authority is to reinstate the premises licence from the time the notice is received and the person giving the notice becomes the licence holder.

This notice must be given to the licensing authority within 28 consecutive days beginning the day after the licence lapsed.

It should also be copied to the police within this period (Sheffield Licensing Department, South Yorkshire Police Headquarters, Carbrook House, Carbrook, Sheffield S9 2DB).

The premises licence would lapse until such a notice is given and carrying on licensable activities in that time would be unlawful.

As soon as an interim authority notice is given within the 28 day period, the business may continue to carry on any licensable activities permitted by the premises licence.

The effect of giving the notice is to reinstate the premises licence as if the person giving the notice is the holder of the licence and thereby allow licensable activities to continue to take place pending a formal application or transfer.

The maximum period for which an interim authority notice may have effect is 3 months.

The interim authority notice ceases to have effect unless by the end of the initial 28 day period a copy of the notice has been given to the chief officer of police.tated in a discrete period of time in certain circumstances.

Cost

The fee on application is £23.

Timescales

You have 28 days from when the licence lapses to submit an interim authority notice.

Unless served electronically you must serve a copy of the notice to the Chief Officer of Police within the 28 days - the Police have 2 working days from date of receipt to make an objection.

The Interim Authority Notice lasts 3 months, a transfer application must be made by the end of the 3 months or the premises licence will lapse.

Once we receive your interim authority notice, we will issue you with a certified copy of the premises licence and summary with the applicant’s details as the holder of the premises licence.

If the police make an objection to your application, we will serve you a notice of this. Your application will then be determined by the Licensing Committee.

Application evaluation process

The notice must be submitted to us on the prescribed form and the required fee of £23.

Within 2 working days of the Police receiving the copy, and if satisfied that in the exceptional circumstances of the case failure to cancel the interim authority would undermine the crime prevention objective, the police may give a notice to that effect to the licensing authority.

In such circumstances, we must hold a hearing to consider the objection notice.

We will be aware of the urgency of the circumstances and the need to consider the objection quickly.

Eligibility criteria

An interim notice may only be given either by a person with a prescribed interest in the premises, or by a person connected to the former holder of the licence (normally a personal representative of the former holder or a person with power of attorney or where someone has become insolvent that persons insolvency practitioner).

Apply for an interim authority notice

Apply for an interim authority notice.

Apply to transfer a licence

You will need to create a Government Gateway account before you can proceed with your application.

 

Appeals

The applicant or the Police are able to appeal the Licensing Authority’s decision to a Magistrate’s Court within 21 days of the notice of decision.

Club premises certificates

The Licensing Act 2003 acknowledges that volunteer and social clubs have different licensing issues than commercially run premises selling direct to the public. These kinds of premises can apply for a club premises certificate.

Terms

A club premises certificate may authorise the conduct of any of the qualifying club activities, namely:

  • the supply of alcohol by or on behalf of the club to, or to the order of, members of the club
  • the sale by retail of alcohol by or on behalf of the club to a guest of a member of the club for consumption on the premises where the sale takes place
  • the provision of regulated entertainment (where that provision is by or on behalf of a club for members of the club or members of the club and their guests)
  • In a qualifying club there is technically no sale by retail of alcohol (except to guests) as the member owns part of the alcohol stock and the money passing across the bar is merely a mechanism to preserve equity between members where one may consume more than another.

In order to constitute a qualifying club you must also satisfy the various requirements set out in the Licensing Act 2003 – see eligibility criteria.

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.

Costs

An annual fee is payable to us each year on the anniversary of the date the licence was first granted.

Eligibility criteria

Clubs must be qualifying clubs. A qualifying club has general conditions it must satisfy. These are:

  • a person may not be given memberships or as a candidate for membership to any membership privileges without an interval of at least 2 days from their membership application or nomination and their membership being granted
  • that club rules state that those becoming member without nomination or application cannot have membership privileges for at least 2 days between them becoming members and being admitted to the club
  • that the club is established and conducted in good faith
  • that the club has at least 25 members

  • that alcohol is only supplied to members on the premises on behalf or by the club.

Additional conditions in relation to the supply of alcohol must be complied with. These conditions are:

  • that alcohol purchased for and supplied by the club is done by members of club who are over 18 years of age and are elected to do so by the members
  • that no person at the expense of the club receives any commission, percentage or other similar payment in regard to the purchase of alcohol by the club
  • that there are no arrangements for anyone to receive a financial benefit from supplying alcohol, apart from any benefit to the club or to any person indirectly from the supply giving a gain from running the club.

Registered industrial and provident societies and friendly societies will qualify if the alcohol is purchased for and supplied by the club is done under the control of the members or a committee of members.

Miners' welfare institutes

Relevant miners' welfare institutes can also be considered. A relevant institute is one that is managed by a committee or board that consists of at least two thirds of people appointed or elevated by one or more licensed operators under the Coal Industry Act 1994 and by one or more organisations who represent coal mine employees.

The institute can be managed by the committee or board where the board cannot be made up as detailed above but is made up of at least two thirds of members who were employed or are employed in or around coal mines and also by people who were appointed by the Coal Industry Welfare Organisation or by a body who had similar functions under the Miners' Welfare Act 1952.

In any case the premises of the institute must be held on a trust as required under the Recreational Charities Act 1958.

Application process

A club can apply for a club premises certificate for any premises which are occupied and used regularly for club purposes.

If the club is within the Sheffield boundary, you need to make an application to us.

A club operating schedule is a document which must be in a specific format and which includes information on:

  • the activities of the club

  • the times the activities are to take place

  • other opening times

  • if alcohol supplies are for consumption on or off the premises or both

  • the steps that the club propose to take to promote the licensing objectives

  • any other information that is required.

The application form must be signed on behalf of the club. A club’s agent (for example a solicitor) may sign the form on their behalf provided that they have actual authority to do so.

Applications should be submitted with a plan of the premises which must be in a specific format, a copy of the rules of the club and a club operating schedule.

Timescales and how we will notify you

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 local residents or ‘interested parties’. During this time, the responsible authorities will work with you to ensure your proposals are in line with the four licensing objectives.

If no comments are received during this period the application will be deemed granted after the last date for representations 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 the Licensing Authority considers it is in the public interest to do so.

Apply online

You can apply for a club premises certificate online.

 

 

Appeals

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.

Vary a club premises certificate

Where a club who holds a Club Premises Certificate wishes to amend the licence, an application to vary the Club Premises Certificate under the Licensing Act 2003 can be made to us.

Terms

The areas in which the certificate can be varied are:

  • Varying the hours of a permitted licensable activity
  • Adding or removing licensable activities
  • Adding or removing conditions
  • Altering any aspect of the layout of the premises which is shown on the plan

To apply to vary the Club Premises Certificate, an application must be made and sent to both us and the responsible authorities.

Please ensure that the original club premises certificate and summary is accompanied with the application or, if that is not practicable, by a statement of the reasons for the failure to provide the certificate.

The day after the application has been received by us, a notice (printed on pale blue paper) must be clearly displayed on the premises for 28 days.

An advertisement must also be placed in the local newspaper, or if there is none, in a local newsletter, circular or similar document, circulating in the vicinity of the premises, on at least one occasion during the period of ten working days, starting on the day after the application is received by us. This advertisement is normally the same wording as your blue notice above. 

Costs

The fee to vary a club premises certificate depends on the non-domestic rateable value for the premises.

Eligibility criteria

A person acting on behalf of the club would make the application to vary the Club Premises Certificate.

Timescales and how we will notify you

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 local residents or ‘interested parties’. During this time, the responsible authorities will work with you to ensure your proposals are in line with the four licensing objectives.

If no comments are received during this period the application will be deemed granted after the last date for representations 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 the Licensing Authority considers it is in the public interest to do so.

Appeals

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.

Change details or club rules of a club premises certificate

Where a club holds a Club Premises Certificate or has made an application for a Club Premises Certificate which has not yet been determined, the Secretary of the club must give notice to us of any change in the name, address, or alterations made to the rules of the club.

Terms

The Licensing Authority needs to be notified if there are any of the following changes:

  • Change of name of the Club
  • Change of registered address of the Club
  • Any alterations to the rules of the Club

This notification must be made to the Licensing Authority for the area in which the premises is situated.

Costs

The cost for any of the above changes is £10.50.

Payment can be made by cheque (made payable to Sheffield City Council) through the post. Cash, cheque and card payments are accepted at our reception.

Eligibility criteria

The club secretary must notify us within 28 days following the day on which the change of name, address or alteration of club rules is made.

Failure to comply is an offence under the Act. The notification should include:

  • details of change of name or alteration to club rules
  • the club premises certificate or, if that is not practicable, by a statement of the reasons for the failure to produce the certificate
  • the relevant fee

Application evaluation process

There is no set application process as your notice will take effect immediately provided that all relevant documentation and the appropriate fee is attached.Application evaluation process

There is no set application process as your notice will take effect immediately provided that all relevant documentation and the appropriate fee is attached.

How we will notify you / timescales

Once we receive your notification, we will process and update the certificate within 14 days.

Inform us of a change of details

Notify us of a change of details

Appeals

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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