Please read our information about removing the need for a DPS at a community premises before you apply.
How to apply
You can apply to remove the requirement for a DPS at a community premises online.
You'll need to:
- give a description of the premises and the committee or board responsible for managing the premises
- explain how you will make sure alcohol sales are properly supervised
- explain any arrangements you have in place for hiring out the premises
You'll be charged a fee for this application. Please make sure you are aware of how much this will cost.
Start the journey
More info about the journey
You'll need to attach any documents you have that identify the premises and how it is managed.
You'll need to attach copies of any hiring agreements.
You'll need a credit or debit card.
If you have an existing premises licence you'll need to send this to us in the post.
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 by 28 days (from the day after we accept the application) when the police can make a representation.
You are not able to act as though the requirement for a DPS has been removed during this time.
If no representation is received your application will be granted and we'll send you your licence in the post.
If the police do make a representation 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.
Time scales 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 to disapply the mandatory DPS condition is refused then you can appeal.
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 cheque for the fee
- the existing premises licence if the premises already has a licence
- any documents you have that identify the premises and how it is managed
- copies of any hiring agreements
If you are completing a paper version a full copy of the application must also be sent to:
Devon & Cornwall Constabulary
Licensing Department (East)
Devon & Cornwall Police HQ
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.