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Premises licences

You will need a premises licence if you intend to provide ‘licensable activities’ from a particular venue. Licensable activities could include selling alcohol and/or serving hot food and drinks between 11pm and 5am. 

You will need a licence for the following types of entertainment, even if the activities are for charity:

  • theatrical performance
  • showing a film
  • indoor sporting event
  • boxing or wrestling (indoor or outdoor)
  • live or recorded music
  • dance or dancing facilities
  • facilities for making music

You can get a club premises certificate instead of a premises licence if you run a member’s club.

If you carry out any licensable activities at your premises without a premises licence, you can be fined up to £1000, sent to prison for up to six months, or both. 


Apply for a premises license

You can apply for a Premises Licence by filling out the appropriate form below. Alternatively if you would like to apply electronically, you will need to complete the Gov.uk forms listed at the bottom of this page. 

Please be aware that you can not apply for a Personal License online. Instead contact a member of our licensing team on 01509 634562 or at . More information can be found on our Personal Licence page.


Restrictions and conditions

  • You must be 18 or over to apply for a premises licence
  • You must be, or appoint, a designated premises supervisor (DPS) when you apply for a licence. A DPS must have a personal licence to sell alcohol.

There may be other conditions added to your licence, eg having an age-checking policy if you sell alcohol.


Apply online via GOV.uk

These forms are to be completed online only - if you would like to pay via cheque you can use the forms found at the top of this page. Please do not print these Gov.uk forms off and post them to us as they will not be valid and the process will have to be repeated.

Should you encounter any problems using these forms or wish to find out more, you can visit the Gov.uk website or contact their support team at licensing-authorities@digital.cabinet-office.gov.uk.


Name and address changes

You must notify us in writing if the name or registered address of the premises licence holder changes or if you wish to change the name of the premises by completing and returning the following form:

The form must be returned alongside all parts of the original premises licence document (Part A, Part B, Conditions and Original Plan) and a cheque for £10.50 (payable to Charnwood Borough Council) to: 

  • Send Premises Licences to: Licensing Section, Charnwood Borough Council, Southfield Road, Loughborough, LE11 2TX. 

Only then will a new licence be issued.

Please note the holder of a premises licence must, as soon as is reasonably practicable, notify the relevant licensing authority of any change in his name or address. Failure to notify the licensing authority of the amendment is an offence under Section 33 of the Licensing Act 2003.


Replacement Licences

If either part of your premises licence is lost, stolen or damaged you must notify us immediately by completing and returning the following form:

The form must be returned alongside a cheque for £10.50 (payable to Charnwood Borough Council) and a passport sized photograph to:

  • Licensing Section, Charnwood Borough Council, Southfield Road, Loughborough, LE11 2TX. 

Only then will a new licence be issued.


Notice to Surrender Licence

Where the holder of a Premises Licence wishes to surrender the licence this must be confirmed in writing to Charnwood Borough Council. This must be accompanied by the Premises Licence or, if that is not practicable, by a statement of the reasons for the failure to provide the licence. The Premises Licence lapses on receipt of the notice by the Council.


Changes in circumstances

If the Premises Licence holder dies, becomes mentally incapable, becomes insolvent, or is dissolved you must contact The Licensing Office as soon as possible. 01509 634562 or licensing@charnwood.gov.uk.

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