The Licensing Act 2003

How to apply for a licence that covers late entertainment, alcohol, and cinemas. View public notices.

The Licensing Act 2003 covers any establishment that wishes to supply alcohol, regulated entertainment and late night refreshment, such as:

  • Public houses
  • Theatres
  • Cinemas
  • Restaurants
  • Nightclubs
  • Hotels

Temporary Events

A Temporary Event Notice (TEN) can be used to authorise small-scale events involving the sale and supply of alcohol and the provision of public entertainment.

Statement of Licensing Policy

Our Statement of Licensing Policy is a legally required document and is reviewed every five years. It sets out the steps we take to promote the licensing objectives.

How to make an application

From 6th April 2017 all applications for a New Premises License, Transfer of a Premises License and Personal Licenses have to be made by someone who is over the age of 18 and if they are living in the UK they must be entitled to work in the UK in a licensable activity. To be valid all applications must be accompanied by a copy of one of the documents as shown in Annex A.

You can apply and find out about the fees by post or online via the Home Office website.


Details of fees for application can be accessed from the GOV.UK website.

How to make representations on an application

Representations about a current application must be made in writing and received by us either on or before the date shown on the notice advertising the application.

Guidance notes for How to make a licensing representation.

Please send representations to:-

The Licensing Team
BCP Council
Town Hall Annexe
St Stephens Road


Public notices

Please see below a list of current licence applications: 


Licensing applications

Licensing applications - 11 Jun to 18 Jun 2020

Licensing applications - 04 Jun to 11 Jun 2020

Licensing applications - 28 May to 04 Jun 2020

Licensing applications - 21 May to 28 May 2020