Premises licence

A Premise must have a Premises Licence from the Licensing Authority if they wish to supply alcohol or provide regulated entertainment, or if they want to provide hot food or hot drink between the hours of 11pm and 5am, to members of the public.

Regulation summary

Telford & Wrekin Council

Statement of Licensing Policy

Application evaluation process

Any premise or outdoor area can apply for a premises licence. It does not have to be a purpose built structure.

Applications should be made to the Licensing Authority either in writing or via our online application system.

New applications, provisional statements or variation applications should be submitted with the required fee, a plan of the premises which must be in a specific format, and any other relevant documentation.

An operating schedule is part of the application form and includes information on:

  • the licensable activities;
  • the times when the activities will take place;
  • any other times when the premises will be open to the public;
  • information in respect of the 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.

For new applications, provisional statements or full variation applications a notice must be displayed on the premises for a period of 28 consecutive days starting from the day after the day the application is made to the Licensing Authority.  The Notice must be to the specified size and colour (light blue). Copies of the application must also be sent to the responsible authorities.

A notice must also be displayed in a local newspaper circulating in the area to which the premises relate.  The notice must contain the same information as the notice on the premises.  It must be displayed in the newspaper within 10 days from the day the application is made. The notice only has to appear once in the local paper.  Please note that if the requirements of these notices are not met the Licensing Authority may require you to re-advertise and the 28 day consultation period will recommence.

A notice is also required for a minor variation application. The notice must meet the statutory requirements and be no smaller than A4 size on white paper. However, unlike full variations the consultation period is reduced for these applications.  The notice has to be displayed on the premises for a period of 10 consecutive days from the day after the application is made. No newspaper public notice is required for minor variations.

Applications for the transfer of a premises licence, to vary a Designated Premises Supervisor, or for an Interim Authority Notice must be sent in full to both the Licensing Authority and the Chief Officer of Police.

A statutory fee is payable upon application

Will tacit consent apply?

If there are no objections to an application, it will be deemed granted at the end of the period for representations. If there are objections, it will be put before a hearing of the Licensing sub-committee within 20 working days of the end of the period for representations and they will determine the application.

An application for a transfer of a licence, or to vary the Designated Premises Supervisor will be deemed to have immediate effect if this has been requested, unless an objection is received from the Police.

Minor variations will not have tacit consent as they are deemed automatically refused if they have not been determined by the authority within 15 working days after receipt.

Target completion period

Applications would normally be determined within 28 days of receipt of all the information necessary to determine the application.

Redress

Failed Application Redress
Please contact the council in the first instance, using the contact details above.

If you wish to appeal against a decision, you may do so to a Magistrates' court within 21 days of the decision.

Licence Holder Redress
Please contact the Council in the first instance.

If you wish to appeal against a decision, you may do so to a Magistrates' court within 21 days of the decision.

Consumer Complaint
If you are a customer of a premise, you should first contact the operator, preferably in writing, with proof of your complaint. If that does not work and if you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK, contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Other Redress
Please contact us in the first instance.

Any interested party or responsible authority may make representations against a new application, a provisional statement or a variation application to the Licensing Authority within the statutory consultation period before the application is determined. If representations are made a hearing will be held to consider the application and the representations. Notices will be issued by the Licensing Authority detailing the reasons for any outcome. Anyone who made representations will receive notice of the decision.

An interested party is:

  • a person living near the premises or a body representing such a person;
  • a person involved in a business near the premises or a body representing such a person.

The Chief Officer of Police for the area may make a representation against an application for a transfer of a licence or an application to vary the Designated Premises Supervisor.

An interested party or responsible authority may request a review of a premises licence if they are not happy with the way the premises is being run.

An interested party or responsible authority may appeal against any decision made on the grant, variation or review of a premises licence. If you wish to appeal against a decision, you may do so to a Magistrates' court within 21 days of the decision.

If there is a concern about noise, pollution, etc please contact us in the first instance.

Public registers or databases

For details on the public register please contact us.

Trade associations

Last updated: 9.01pm on Thursday 30 May 2019

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