Premises licence

Premises licence

Licence Summary

To provide late-night refreshment, regulated entertainment, and sell alcohol in West Lindsey you may need a licence from West Lindsey District Council.

Eligibility Criteria

Any of the following may apply for a premises licence:

  • Anyone who uses 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.

Regulation Summary

Licensing Act 2003

Application Evaluation Process and Fees

Grant of a new premises licence

Applicants must apply to West Lindsey District Council if the premises are located within the West Lindsey District.

Applications must be in a specific format and be accompanied by:

  • Any required fee (please see our licensing fees page)
  • 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).

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

Plan of the Premises

An application for a premises licence must be accompanied by a scaled plan of the premises to which the application relates. A premises plan must be of the standard scale 1:100 (unless previously agreed by the Licensing Authority in another format).

Responsible Authorities

Applicants are required to give notice of the application to the Responsible Authorities detailed ion the guidance attached below.

Advertising and Consultation

To advertise the application, the applicant must clearly display a Notice immediately on or outside the premises for a period of no less than twenty eight consecutive days starting on the day following the day on which the application was given to West Lindsey District Council.

The Notice must be:

  • Of a size equal or larger than A4
  • Of a pale blue colour
  • Printed legibly in black ink or typed in black in a font of a size equal to or larger than 16
  • For properties with a frontage onto a highway more than 50 metres long, the Notice should be displayed at 50 metre intervals
  • Additionally, the applicant must publish a notice in a local newspaper or, if there is none, in a local newsletter, circular or similar document, circulating in the vicinity of the premises. This must be advertised 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  West Lindsey District Council.

Responsible Authorities, members of the public and other interested parties have a period of 28 consecutive days, starting the day the application is made to West Lindsey District Council, to consider the application and make relevant representation.

Other Premises Licence Applications

Applications can also be made to vary or transfer a licence or to change the Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS). A hearing may have to be held if representations are made or conditions relating to a transfer are not met.

Other applications that can be made are applications for an interim authority notice following the death, incapacity or insolvency of a licence holder or review applications.

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 after 28 days.

How to Apply

To apply online follow this link or you can download an application form, please follow the link below. Once you have completed your application form please return to us using the contact details at the bottom of this page.

Apply Online

Apply for Premises Licence

Apply for a Provisional Statement

Apply for a designated premises supervisor to be disapplied

Apply to vary a premises licence

Apply to change DPS

Consent to be designated as DPS

Apply to transfer premises licence

Consent to transfer premises licence

Notify of an interest in a premises Section 178

Interim Authority Notice

Apply for Minor Variation to premises or club premises certificate

Notify of change to name or address

Request to be removed as a DPS

Make an annual payment for a premises licence

Registers

Licensing registers are available to view by prior arrangement at the Council Offices.

Further Guidance

Department of Culture, Media and Sport

Failed Application Redress

Please contact the Licensing Team at  West Lindsey District Council in the first instance using the contact details below.

If an application for a licence is refused the failed applicant can appeal. Appeals are made to a Magistrates Court within 21 days of notice of the decision.

Licence Holder Redress

Please contact the Licensing Team at West Lindsey District Council in the first instance using the contact details below.

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 are made to a Magistrates Court within 21 days of notice of the decision.

Consumer Complaint

We would always advise that in the event of complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline will give you advice.

From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

An interested party or responsible authority may apply to West Lindsey District Council to review the premises licence. A hearing will be held by West Lindsey District Council.

Appeals are made to a Magistrates’ Court within 21 days of notice of the decision.

Other Redress

The chief police officer for Lincolnshire Police can apply to West Lindsey District Council for a review of the licence if the premises are licensed to sell alcohol by retail and a senior officer has given 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.

A chief police officer can give a notice to  West Lindsey District Council if they believe that the transfer of a licence to another, under 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 the licensing body to review a licence.

An interested party or responsible authority may apply to West Lindsey District Council to review the premises licence. A hearing will be held by West Lindsey District Council.

A chief police officer may make representations to  West Lindsey District Council for a review of the licence if the premises are licensed to sell alcohol by retail and a senior member of the force has given a certificate to state that in their opinion the premises are associated with serious crime, disorder or both.

An interested party or relevant authority who made relevant representations may appeal against the granting of a licence or against any condition, variation, licensable activity or premises supervisor decisions.

Appeals are made to a Magistrates’ court within 21 days of notice of the decision.

Trade Associations

Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR)

Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematography and Theatre Union (BECTU)

Federation of Licensed Victuallers Associations (FLVA)

Registers

Licensing registers are available to view, by prior arrangement at the Council Offices or at the link opposite.


Licensing

West Lindsey District Council
Guildhall, Marshall's Yard
Gainsborough
Lincolnshire
DN21 2NA

Email:  licensing@west-lindsey.gov.uk