Premises Licence

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:

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 responsible authorities (53.3 KB) PDF .

When applying for a premises licence, please consult the guidance notes (187.5 KB) Word 97-2003 for help in completing your application.

You must also advertise your application, both on the premises (212.0 KB) Word 97-2003 and in the local newspaper. (211.0 KB) Word 97-2003

How to advertise on the premises

The notice must be advertised on the premises (212.0 KB) Word 97-2003 for a period of no less than 28 consecutive days starting on the day after the day on which the application was given to the relevant licensing authority.

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 publish a notice (211.0 KB) Word 97-2003 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:

PLEASE NOTE THE HOME OFFICE HAVE ADVISED:

‘We amended the form to require date of birth, place of birth and nationality of the new DPS. The form asks the licensee to send a copy of the application to the existing DPS, and sharing this personal information is in breach of the Data Protection Act 1998.
 
We will amend the form via amending regulations. Unfortunately, we will have to wait until after the election to lay the regulations in Parliament. In the meantime we’ve put a the following note on the gov.uk This link will take you to an external website...  page with the application form:
 
The application to vary a premises licence to specify an individual as designated premises supervisor under the Licensing Act 2003 asks the licensee to give a copy of the form to the existing premises supervisor. The completed form contains personal information about the proposed new DPS and sharing this information would be in breach of the Data Protection Act 1998. It is sufficient for the licensee to inform the DPS that the application has been made, without the need to share the specific details of the application. A full copy of the application form must still be sent to police. The form will be amended via regulations as soon as possible to make this clear.

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.

The completed application form for the removal of the requirement to have a Designated Premises Supervisor (71.0 KB) Word 97-2003 should be sent with the fee of £23 to the Licensing Team (see address in Contact section of this page).

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:

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

An interim authority notice (201.0 KB) Word 97-2003 may be given to the Licensing Authority where a premises licence has lapsed due to the death, mental incapacity or insolvency of the premises licence holder by

 - 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 fee (114.7 KB) PDF 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: 21 - 07 - 2017

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