To provide late-night refreshment and regulated entertainment, and sell alcohol, you need a licence from us if you are in the Peterborough area. Under new measures brought in as part of the Immigration Act 2016, immigration checks will be part of the process for applying for a licence.

A premises or personal licence will not be issued to anyone who does not have permission to be or work in the UK.

Recently legislation changes have made it an offence for licensee's to purchase alcohol for onward sale or supply from an unapproved UK wholesaler. Please check that the wholesaler is approved on GOV.UK.

Make annual payment for a premises licence

If you have received a renewal letter and an invoice, you can make an an annual payment for a premises licence using your invoice number as a reference.

Apply for a premises licence

Application for a premises licence
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Apply to vary a premises licence

Application to vary a Premises Licence
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Apply to vary a premises licence to specify an individual as designated premises supervisor

Application to vary a Designated Premise Supervisor
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Consent of Individual to being Specified as Premise Supervisor
Size: 150KBFile format: pdf

Apply to transfer premises licence

Application to transfer a Premises Licence
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Consent to transfer
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Apply for a minor variation to a premises or club licence

Application for a Minor Variation to a Premises Licence
Size: 261KBFile format: pdf

Request to be removed as Designated Premises Supervisor

Designated Premises Supervisor removal form
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Apply for need for a Designated Premises Supervisor to be disapplied

Application for mandatory alcohol conditions to be disapplied
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Notification of change of name or address

Change of Address
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Notification of an interest in premises under section 178

Notification of Interest
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Interim authority notice

Interim Authority Notice
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Provisional statement

Application for a Provisional Statement
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Further information regarding premise licenses

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


Fees vary depending on the type of application; fees for a new licence or a full variation are calculated on the non domestic rateable value of the premises, see individual application forms.

Peterborough City Council - Licence Fees 2021-2022476KBpdf
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Qualifying criteria

Any of the following may apply for a premises licence:

  • anyone who 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 be 18 years of age.

Yes. Legislation states that the council must grant all applications unless it receives relevant representations. Where representations are received you will be notified by us and it may be necessary for the application to be determined by the Licensing Committee. If you have not heard from us within 7 days of the consultation period ending you may assume the application to be deemed granted. Depending on the type of application the consultation period will be 14 or 28 day's. 

Failed Application Redress

Please contact us in the first instance. 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

  • If an application is made by the chief police officer, as detailed below, and interim steps are taken by the licensing authority you may make representations. A hearing must be held within 48 hours of your representations.
  • 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 a 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 and you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct can give you advice
  • from outside the UK, contact the UK European Consumer Centre

Other redress

The chief police officer for the police area where the premises are located can apply to us 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 us 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 we review a licence.

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

A chief police officer may make representations to us 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, and licensable activity or premises supervisor decisions.

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

Contact us

If you require further information or guidance, please contact our licensing team by calling 01733 453491 or by email at