Please read our information about premises licences before you apply.
How to apply
You can apply for a premises licence online.
You'll need to include:
- your details
- details of the licensable activities you want to provide at the premises and the times when you would like to be able to provide them
- your opening hours
- a detailed plan of the premises. You can find out more about this in our guidance for plans
- the steps that you will take to promote the four licensing objectives - these will be attached to your licence as conditions and you may find our GN6 guidance helpful with this
- if you are applying to sell alcohol you'll need to name a designated premises supervisor (DPS) - the DPS must give their consent as they will be responsible for alcohol sales at the premises. The DPS can give their consent online and we will need to receive this at the same time as your application.
- copies of documents demonstrating a right to work in the UK for every individual applicant and every applicant applying as part of a partnership. You can scan these in and attach them with your application. You can find out which documents to send in the notes at the end of the application form.
You must put up public notices at the premises giving details of the application.
A copy of that notice must also be advertised in a local newspaper.
More information and a template to follow are in our guidance for the display of notices.
You'll be charged a fee that's based on the rateable value of the premises. Please make sure you are aware of how much this will cost.
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More info about the journey
You'll need a credit or debit card.
You'll need a plan of the premises.
The DPS will need to complete the online consent form.
You'll need to put up public notices at the premises and advertise a copy of the notice in a local newspaper.
You'll need copies of documents demonstrating a right to work in the UK for each applicant.
When we receive your application we'll check it to make sure it's been completed correctly. We'll telephone you if there is anything else we need.
As soon as we have the complete application and all the information we need, we'll accept it and there will then be 28 days (from the day after we accept the application) when anyone can make a representation.
If no representations are received your application will be granted and we'll send you your licence in the post.
If representations are received then a hearing must be heard before members of the licensing sub-committee unless all parties agree this isn't necessary.
After the hearing we'll write to you with the decision.
What you can do if you haven't heard from us
If at least 35 days have passed since you gave us your completed application and you haven't heard from us you can act as though your application is granted.
If you are submitting your application by post then this will only apply when you can show proof of delivery from the Post Office or a recognised courier.
Timescales for processing an application do not start until all the necessary information has been received in full
What you can do if your application is unsuccessful
Please contact us in the first instance:
The Licensing Manager, East Devon District Council, Knowle, Sidmouth, EX10 8HL
Tel: 01395 517410
If an application for a premises licence is refused you can appeal. You can also appeal any decision to:
- impose conditions on the licence
- exclude from the scope of the licence any of the licensable activities to which the application relates, or
- refuse to specify a person in the licence as the premises supervisor
All appeals must be made to a magistrates court within 21 days of notice of the decision:
North and East Devon Magistrates Court, Southernhay Gardens, Exeter, EX1 1UH
Tel: 01392 415300
You can fill in a paper version of the form and send it to us in the post or bring it into our office.
You will need to fill in the application form and send this to us with:
- a consent form signed by the nominated DPS
- a cheque for the fee
- a plan of the premises
If you are completing a paper version a full copy must also be sent to each of the other responsible authorities. If you apply online then we'll do this for you.
You'll need to display public notices at the premises and in the newspaper. Find out more in our guidance on display of notices.
If you want to come in to our offices and speak to a licensing officer then please telephone first to make sure that someone is available.