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You need a licence if you:
Please note that a premises licence also relates to a Club Premises Certificate.
Any of the following can apply for a premises licence:
Yes, you must be 18 years or older to apply.
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.
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.
See our licensing fees and charges
To make payment please check which fee applies to your business, and then call 01206 282520 to pay by credit or debit card.
You will need to take note of the payment code the advisor gives you on the call, as you must provide it when submitting your 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.
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 Sub-Committee may decide to -
We will notify you, any person who has made relevant representations, and the Chief of Police of the Sub-Committee’s decision.
We aim to complete premises licence applications within two months.
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.
Read the national laws and regulations
Please contact us in the first instance. You can call us on 01206 282520 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can appeal to the Magistrates' Court within 21 days of receiving the decision notice.
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.
Appeals can be made to a Magistrates' court within 21 days of notice of the decision.
You can view a list of new applications on our Licensing Register and current applications page.
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.
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.