This page gives details of how to:
- Apply for a premises licence
- Apply to change the designated premises supervisor
- Apply to remove the designated premises supervisor
- Apply to transfer a premises licence
View the Statement of Licensing Policy
Apply for a Premises Licence
To obtain a premises licence, you will need to apply to the Licensing Team at South Oxfordshire District Council. You must submit the following documents:
- . It is advised that you read the Statement of Licensing Policy and if you are not a licensing company, submit a draft copy of your application to the licensing team before making a formal application.
- signed by the individual who is giving his or her agreement to be the Designated Premises Supervisor. You must provide this if your application includes the sale or supply of alcohol.
- A detailed plan of the premises to the scale of 1:100.
- Payment, which should be submitted with the original application to the council. The fee payable depends on the rateable value of the premises. If you do not know the rateable value, you can check it on the Then look up the (can also be found on GOV.UK website). You can make payment by credit or debit card or by cheque made payable to South Oxfordshire District Council.
You need to make ten copies of your completed application form. The original should be sent with the documents listed above to the Licensing Team at the council. You then need to send a copy to each of the other .
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The notice must be A4 or larger, pale blue with black text printed legibly in black ink or typed in black, in a font size equal to or larger than 16 point. In all cases the notice must be displayed prominently at or on the perimeter of the premises to which the application relates where it can be conveniently read from the exterior of the premises.
The notice must contain a brief description of the proposed variation and include:
- The name of the applicant
- The postal address of the premises, if any, or if there is no postal address for the premises, a description of those premises sufficient to enable the location and extent of the premises to be identified.
- The date by which an interested party or responsible authority may make representations to the relevant licensing authority (within 28 days of the application being received by the licensing authority starting on the day after the day on which the application was received by the licensing authority).
- That representations shall be made in writing.
- That it is an offence knowingly or recklessly to make a false statement in connection with an application and the maximum fine for which a person is liable on summary conviction for the offence is up to £5,000.
Advertising in the local newspaper:
You must on at least one occasion during the period of ten working days starting on the day after the day on which the application was given to the licensing authority. The advertisement must contain the same information as posted on the premises.
Apply to change the designated premises supervisor
You must apply to South Oxfordshire District Council if you wish to change or vary the designated premises supervisor and submit the following documents:
- To specify a new individual as the designated premises supervisor, you must also give a copy of the application form to the existing designated premises supervisor.
- signed by the individual giving his or her consent to be the new designated premises supervisor.
- The premises licence or relevant part of it.
- The fee of £23. You may make payment by credit or debit card, or by cheque made payable to South Oxfordshire District Council.
PLEASE NOTE THE HOME OFFICE HAVE ADVISED:
Send all of the above, including the fee to the Licensing Team (see address in Contact section of this page).
A copy of the application and the consent form must also be sent to The Licensing Officer, Thames Valley Police, Headquarters (South), Kidlington, Oxfordshire, OX5 2NX
Apply to remove the designated premises supervisor
The requirements for community premises such as village or church halls to have a designated premises supervisor and that all alcohol must be served with the permission of a personal licence holder can now be removed.
On applying for the removal of the designated premises supervisor, the management committee should understand that if this is granted, they will be responsible for all alcohol sales under the licence.
A copy of the application should also be sent to the Licensing Officer, Thames Valley Police, Headquarters (South), Kidlington, Oxon, OX5 2NX.
Apply to transfer a premises licence
To transfer a premises licence, you must submit the following documents to the Licensing Team:
- for the licence holder to transfer signed by the individual who holds the existing licence.
- The premises licence or relevant part of it.
- The fee of £23.
You may make payment by credit or debit card, or also by cheque made payable to South Oxfordshire District Council.
Please send all of the above, including the fee to the Licensing Team (see address in Contact section of this page).
A copy of the application form and consent form must also be sent to the Licensing Officer, Thames Valley Police, Headquarters (South), Kidlington, Oxon, OX5 2NX.
Interim Authority Notice
- a personal representative of the former licence-holder, in cases where that individual has died,
- a person acting for the former licence-holder under a registered power of attorney, in cases where the former licence-holder lacks the capacity to continue to hold the licence;
- by an insolvency practitioner, in cases where the former licence-holder has become insolvent; or
- by the freeholder or leaseholder of the premises concerned, in any of the above situations.
The effect of the interim authority notice is to reinstate the premises licence from the time the notice is received (for a period of 3 months) and the person giving the notice becomes the licence holder. The notice should be given to the Licensing Authority within 28 days from the lapse of the licence along with the of £23 or an application for a new premises licence will need to be made.
A copy of the notice must also be sent to the Police who will have two working days to consider the notice. Objections may be made by the Police on crime prevention grounds.
An application to transfer the premises licence must be made while the Interim Authority Notice remains valid or the licence will lapse.
Last reviewed: 28 - 01 - 2019