To provide regulated entertainment, sell alcohol or late-night refreshments in the North Somerset area, you need a licence from us. Fees are payable for applications relating to a premises licences. No fees are required when only regulated entertainment is being provided in schools or community buildings e.g. village, church or community halls.
Any of the following may apply for a premises licence:
- anyone who uses or carries on a business in the premises to which the application relates
- a recognised club
- a charity
- a health service body
- a person who is registered under the Care Standards Act 2000 in relation to an independent hospital
- a chief police officer of a force in England and Wales
- anyone discharging a statutory or function under Her Majesty's prerogative
- a person from an educational institute
- any other permitted person
Applicants must not be under 18 years of age.
The main legislation covering this permission is the Licensing Act 2003.
Application evaluation process
Applications must be in a specific format. An operating schedule, a 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) are required.
An operating schedule will include details of:
- the licensable activities
- the times when the activities will take place
- any other times when the premises will be open to the public
- in the case of applicants who wish to have a limited licence, the period the licence is required for
- information in respect of the premises supervisor
- whether any alcohol that is to be sold is for consumption on or of the premises or both
- the steps proposed to be taken to promote the licensing objectives
- any other required information
Applicants will be required to advertise their application and to give notice of the application to any other person or responsible body, e.g. the local authority, chief police officer or fire and rescue authority.
The licensing authority must grant the application, which can be subject to conditions, if no representations are made. A hearing must be held if relevant representations are made in respect of the application. If a hearing is held the licence can be granted or granted subject to additional conditions, licensable activities listed in the application can be excluded or the application can be rejected.
The licensing authority will serve a notice of its decision on the applicant, any person who has made relevant representations (i.e. representations that were not deemed frivolous or vexatious) and the chief of police.
Applications can also be made to vary or transfer a licence. A hearing may have to be heard if relevant representations are made against a variation or transfer application.
Applications can also be made for an interim authority notice following the death, incapacity or insolvency of a licence holder, change of the designated premises supervisor or the review of a current licence.
Will tacit consent apply?
Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from us by the end of the target completion period of 42 days.
Failed application redress
Contact our licensing team in the first instance. If an application for a licence is refused the failed applicant can appeal. Appeals must be made to the North Somerset Magistrates' Court within 21 days of being notified of the decision made by the licensing authority.
Licence holder redress
Contact our licensing team in the first instance. A licence holder may appeal 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 premises supervisor. Appeals must be made to the North Somerset Magistrates' Court within 21 days of being notified of the decision made by the licensing authority.
An interested party or responsible authority may apply to us to review a premises licence. A hearing will be held if we receive a relevant request. Appeals must be made to the North Somerset Magistrates' Court within 21 days of being notified of the decision made by the licensing authority.
The police can apply to us for an expedited review of the licence if the premises are licensed to sell alcohol by retail. A senior officer has to give a certificate that they are of the opinion that the premises are associated with either serious crime or disorder or both. A hearing will be held and the licence holder and other interested parties may make representations.
The police can give a notice to us if they believe that the transfer of a licence to another or a variation application could undermine crime prevention objectives. Such a notice must be given within 14 days of receiving notification of the application.
An interested party or responsible body may make representations in relation to a licence application or request us to review a licence.
An interested party or responsible authority may apply to us to review a current premises licence. A hearing will be held if we receive a relevant request.
An interested party or relevant authority who made relevant representations at a licensing hearing may appeal against the granting of a licence or against any condition, variation, licensable activity or premises supervisor decisions.
Appeals must be made to the local Magistrates' court within 21 days of being notified of the decision made by the licensing authority.
For more information contact our licensing team.