Please read our information about transferring a premises licence before you apply.
How to apply
You can apply online to have a premises licence transferred into your name.
- to know whether you want to apply as an individual, a partnership or a company
- the existing licence holder's consent to the transfer. They can complete a consent form online and we will need to receive this with your application
- to scan and attach copies of documents which demonstrate the new licence holder's right to work in the UK. (This only applies to individual applicants or applicants who are part of a partnership). You can find further details about which documents are acceptable in the notes at the end of the application form.
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 a credit or debit card.
You'll need the existing licence holder to give their consent to the transfer online.
You'll need to send us your existing premises licence 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 all of the information we need we will accept your application and the new licence holder will be able to start operating immediately or from the date given on the form.
There will then be 14 days (from the day after we accept the application) when the police or the Home Office (Immigration Enforcement) can make a representation.
If no representation is received your application will be granted and we'll send you your licence in the post.
If the police or the Home Office 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 25 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 a transfer application 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
- a consent form has been signed by the existing licence holder
- the existing premises licence
If you are completing a paper version a full copy of the application must also be sent to:
Devon and Cornwall Constabulary
Licensing Department (East)
Devon & Cornwall Police HQ
Home Office (Immigration Enforcement)
Alcohol Licensing Team
40 Wellesley Road
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.