Guide Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS)

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1. Information about varying the designated premises supervisor


A designated premises supervisor (DPS) is the person who has day-to-day responsibility for the running of the business and is responsible for authorising the alcohol sales.

All businesses and organisations selling or supplying alcohol, except for members clubs and certain community premises, must have a DPS who will be named on their premises licence.  

The person nominated should be aware of the responsibilities of being the designated premises supervisor.

If the DPS leaves the premises or no longer wants to be named as DPS then an application to vary the DPS must be made immediately.   This will let the licence holder nominate a new person to be named as DPS.

How to apply

The licence holder will need to apply to vary the DPS specified on the premises licence.  

The nominated DPS will need to give their consent.


Only the premises licence holder or their agent can apply to change the DPS.

A nominated DPS must hold a personal licence.

Displaying your licence

You must display the licence summary at your premises where it can be easily seen. The licence will name the DPS.

The other pages of the licence should be kept safely at the premises. Police or council officers can ask to inspect them at any time.


Further guidance about premises licences, the effect of the Act and the licensable activities is in our GN1 guide to the Licensing Act 2003.


Licensing Act 2003


If you have an issue with a licensed premises there are different people you should contact depending on the problem.  

Public register

You can view details of existing premises licences and a list of current applications on our licensing public register.