You need to obtain a premises licence from us if you want to sell alcohol, provide regulated entertainment or supply late night refreshment at any premises in County Durham.
Alternatively, if you are a qualifying club, you will need a club premises certificate.
The requirement for this licence comes from Licensing Act 2003, under which we act as the Licensing Authority for premises located in County Durham.
'Regulated entertainment' is considered to be:
'Late night refreshment' means the supply of hot food or hot drink to members of the public (whether for consumption on or off the premises) between the hours of 11.00pm and 5.00am.
Any of the following may apply for a premises licence:
Applicants must not be under 18 years of age.
We will only be able to deal with applications relating to premises located within County Durham.
Applications must be correctly completed and include information as to the operating schedule, plan of the premises and a form of consent from the premises supervisor (for applications where the sale of alcohol will be a licensable activity).
An operating schedule should include details of:
When submitting your application to us, you must ensure that you take the following steps for it to progress:
Other people and responsible authorities then have 20 working days in which to make representations about the application to us (as the licensing authority). Our Reviewing and making representations about a club or premises page has more information about other people and responsible authorities who can can make representations in connection with a premises licence application
Where no representations are made, we must grant the application, but conditions can be attached.
If relevant representations are made (in other words, they are not deemed to be frivolous or vexatious), it will be necessary to hold a hearing. This hearing must be held within 20 working days of the end of the representation period. The premise licence may then be granted - subject to conditions - or the application may be rejected. Licensable activities listed in the application could also be excluded.
We will serve a notice of our decision to the following within five working days of the hearing:
Applications can also be made to vary or transfer a licence. As per the above, a hearing will take place if any relevant representations are made or conditions relating to a transfer are not met.
All other matters arising during the life of a premises licence that are controlled by the Licensing Act 2003, can be dealt with online. Please see the 'Apply online' section below for details.
Gov.uk has a list of premises licence fees included in their alcohol licensing fee levels. Premises licence fees are statutory and are payable annually.
If you have not heard from us by the end of the target completion period we specify for dealing with your application, you have the legal right to act as though as though your licence has been granted. This is known as 'tacit consent'. This does not apply to minor variation applications.
Our target completion period for processing a correctly completed application is 90 working days. We aim to acknowledge your application within 5 working days of receipt. Please contact us using the details below if you have not received acknowledgement within 10 working days.
If an application for a licence is refused, the failed applicant can appeal to a Magistrates' court within 21 days of notice of the decision. An applicant also has the right to appeal to the Magistrates' court within the same time frame against any conditions attached to a licence, a decision to reject a variation application, a decision to reject a transfer application or a decision to exclude an activity or person as designated premises supervisor.
Other people and responsible authorities can can make representations in connection with a premises licence application, or apply for a review of an existing premises licence. Where this happens, a hearing will be held by the licensing authority within 90 working days of receipt of the application.
Our decision as a licensing authority will be communicated in writing within 5 working days of the hearing. Any appeals against this decision must be made to the Magistrates' court within 21 days of notice.
Contact us if you have any complaints concerning an existing premises licence.