Premises licence

To provide late-night refreshment and regulated entertainment, and sell alcohol, you need a licence from us if you are in the Peterborough area. 

Application for a premises licence

Please refer to our guidance notes to assist with providing conditions for the four licensing objectives. 

Applications must be sent to us for the area where the premises are located. Applications must be in a specific format and be accompanied by any required fee.

Premises licence guidance

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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

We must grant the application, which can be subject to conditions. A hearing must be held if any 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.

We will serve a notice of its decision on the applicant, any person who has made relevant representations (ie 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 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.


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.

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.

Will Tacit Consent Apply?

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.