Premises Licence

If you wish to serve or sell alcohol, provide late-night refreshment, or put on regulated entertainment at your premises you will need a licence.

IN THIS ARTICLE

  • Do I need a licence?
  • Who is eligible to apply for a Premises Licence
  • How to apply for a licence
  • How much does it cost to apply?

Do I need a Premises Licence? 

You need a licence if you: 

  • provide late night refreshment (i.e. the sale of hot food and/or hot drinks between 11pm and 5am); 
  • provide regulated entertainment; or 
  • sell alcohol or supply alcohol to a club member. 

Please note that a premises licence also relates to a Club Premises Certificate.

Who is eligible to apply for a Premises Licence? 

Any of the following can apply for a premises licence: 

  • anyone who runs 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; 
  • anyone discharging a statutory or function under Her Majesty's prerogative; 
  • a person from an educational institute; or 
  • any other permitted person. 

Are there any restrictions on who can apply for a Premises Licence? 

Yes, you must be 18 years or older to apply. 

How do I apply for a premises licence? 

Please download and complete the application form and send it to The Licensing Team, Rowan House, 33 Sheepen Road, Colchester, Essex, CO3 3WG. 

Download the application form

Full guidance on applying for a Premises License and how to advertise your application are available here.

You might find the Application Guidance Notes helpful when making your application.

Applications will also need to be sent to the responsible authorities.

I would like to transfer a Premises License to my name, how to I do this? 

To transfer a Premises License to your name you must first get written consent from the current license holder.

Download the License Holder Consent form

Once you have done this, please download and complete the Premises License Transfer form and send it to The Licensing Team, Rowan House, 33 Sheepen Road, Colchester, Essex, CO3 3WG

Download the Premises License Transfer form

Once we have received your application we will contact you to take a payment of £23.00 for the license transfer. 

Below are the addresses for Essex Police Licensing & the Home Office Immigration Licensing Team, as you will need to send copies of your application to them.

Essex Police (Licensing)
Po Box 12306 Witham Police Station
8 Newland Street
Witham
CM8 2AS

Home Office (Immigration Enforcement)
Alcohol Licensing Team
Lunar House
40 Wellesley Road
Croydon CR9 2BY

Alcohol@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

How much does it cost?

See our Licensing Fees and Charges

What happens after I submit my application? 

There is a 28 day objection period during which the responsible authorities and general public can make representations.in support of or against the application. 

If there are no objections made in this time the application must be granted as applied for by the Licensing Authority.  

What happens if there are objections to my application? 

If we receive objections, and they cannot be resolved, the matter will be determined by the Licensing Sub-Committee. The Hearing will be held within 20 working days of the end of the objection period.  

At the Hearing the Sub-Committee will consider the evidence received from all parties and the effect of your application on the promotion of the licensing objectives which are - 

  • The prevention of crime and disorder 
  • The prevention of public nuisance 
  • Public safety 
  • Protection of children from harm 

The Sub-Committee may decide to - 

  • grant the licence; 
  • grant the licence subject to additional conditions; 
  • exclude certain licensable activities from the licence or reduce the hours during which these activities can be provided; or 
  • reject the application. 

We will notify you, any person who has made relevant representations, and the Chief of Police of the Sub-Committee’s decision. 

What is the completion time? 

We aim to complete premises licence applications within two months. 

Will Tacit Consent apply?  

Yes. If we do not respond to a notification within the target completion period (or following an extension), then authorisation is usually deemed to have been granted tacitly. 

If different arrangements are in place that are justified by an Overriding Reason of Public Interest, tacit consent may not apply. 

Which national laws and regulations apply to this licence? 

Read the national laws and regulations

What can I do if my application is refused or I am unhappy with any conditions regarding my licence? 

Please contact us in the first instance. You can call us on 01206 282520 or email licensing.team@colchester.gov.uk

You can appeal to the Magistrates' Court within 21 days of receiving the decision notice. 

I would like to make a consumer complaint about a licensed premises - what can I do?

An Interested Party, Responsible Authority or Ward Licensing Authority can apply to us to review the premises licence. If we accept the grounds for the review, we will then hold a Hearing. 

To apply for a review of a premises please download and complete the application form and send to The Licensing Team, Rowan House, 33 Sheepen Road, Colchester, Essex, CO3 3WG. 

Download the application form

Appeals can be made to a Magistrates' court within 21 days of notice of the decision. 

Can I view a list of new Premises License Applications? 

View the list here

How do I view the list of existing Premises Licences?

A public register is available at Licensing on the Map.  You can also view a copy of the register at the Licensing Authority's offices during normal office hours. Please contact the Licensing Service to make an appointment.  

What if I want to object to an existing Premises Licence? 

An Interested Party, Responsible Authority or Ward Licensing Authoritylor can apply to us to review the premises licence. If we accept the grounds for the review, we will then hold a Hearing. 

Appeals are made to a Magistrates' court within 21 days of notice of the decision. 

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