What is a Premises Licence?
If you wish to run a premises selling alcohol, providing
regulated entertainment and / or providing late night refreshment
in the Maidstone Borough, you will need to be licensed under the
Act 2003 by Maidstone Borough Council.
You must apply for a premises licence if you wish to hold a
large-scale event in the Borough likely to attract more than 500
people (which is outside the limits set for a normal Temporary
Please consider which, if any, licensable activities you would like
included on your licence, as changing this after your licence has
been granted could cost you considerable time and money. To add or
remove a form of entertainment or change your hours of operation,
you will need to apply to vary your licence (see below).
You must be over 18 years old to apply for a premises
a summary of the legal regulations relating to Premises
How do I apply for a Premises Licence?
To make an application, please send us:
- a completed application form, available
for download – if you have a full operating schedule of your
proposed business activities already prepared, you can attach that
in place of Part 3 of the form,
- a detailed plan of your premises. A guidance sheet for this is
- a signed
consent form from the person designated to be your DPS (see
below “Nominate your Designated Premises
- the appropriate fee (cheques made payable to Sevenoaks District
Please post applications to:
The Licensing Partnership
PO Box 182
A comprehensive guidance document
on filling in the downloadable forms is available.* If you apply in
writing by post, you MUST also provide copies
of your application to the eight responsible
Alternatively, you can
complete your application for a Premises Licence online. You
can attach electronic copies of the relevant documents or post hard
copies in, and you will be redirected to the online payment screen
at the end of the form.
*The online and postal forms are not identical, but the guidance
document still gives definitions and explanations which are helpful
for filling in the online forms.
How much do I need to pay?
The fee schedule for Premises Licences
varies widely depending on the Rateable Value of your premises.
Fees are set by national law.
The licence fee is payable annually. You can do
this by cheque, made payable to Sevenoaks District Council, or you
can fill in the necessary form and
What else do I need to do?
Nominate your Designated Premises Supervisor
If your premises sells or supplies alcohol, you must nominate a
Personal Licence-holder to act as your Designated Premises
Supervisor (DPS) and be the first point of call for issues
concerning the management of alcohol sales.
Please note: your proposed DPS does not have to
hold a Personal Licence at the time you apply. HOWEVER, you will
not be able to sell any alcohol under the licence until such time
as your DPS holds a Personal Licence. A licensed premise can have
more than one Personal Licence holder working there, but only needs
to have one DPS.
More information on how to apply
for a Personal Licence.
If you already hold a
licence and wish to vary your nominated
Apply to Specify a New DPS here. More information is available
us up to date with your business’.
Your DPS must also give their consent to be nominated – this is
DPS Consent Form is available to download and post in to us.
Alternatively your DPS can
fill in the form for free online.
Your application will not be complete until we
receive a completed DPS Consent Form. It is your responsibility to
ensure your DPS completes it.
On the first day that we receive your complete application,
you must put up a notice at your premises
advertising your Premises Licence application. This must state the
last date when representations can be made, which is 28 days from
the date on which we receive your application.
Within 10 days of us receiving your application, you
must place an advertisement in the local newspaper – there
guidance note available on this, and a list of newspaper contacts. This must also
state the last date for representations.
You MUST submit a confirmation of
advertisement with your application form, either by post, or as
a scanned attachment to your online form.
How long will it take to process my licence?
It takes 56 calendar days to process a new Premises Licence
application from the time that we receive all the relevant
paperwork and payment. A consultation period with all relevant
authorities and with the public is included in this time.
Can I consider my licence granted afterwards?
If you do not hear back from us after this time has expired, you
can consider your application granted. However, the “clock” can
stop if we need to ask you for any further information – so please
stay in touch with us during the application period.
What happens next?
Once we have received everything necessary from you and the
proper assessment procedures have taken place, we can grant the
application if there is no need for a hearing.
If any representation is received regarding your application, we
must hold a hearing. We will then either grant or refuse your
licence, or grant it subject to additional conditions, or with
certain licensable activities excluded from the licence.
Maidstone Borough Council will serve a notice of its decision on
you as the applicant, on the Chief of Police, and on anyone who has
made relevant representations.
For more information on this, please read “What
happens if there are problems with my Premises Licence
Keeping us up to date with your business
You must inform us in any of these
- Your personal details or company address
- Your DPS leaves, and you need to specify a new
- The licence-holder has been incapacitated or has
Online forms to do this and
other information is available under "Keeping
us up to date with your business".
Making changes to your Premises Licence
If you wish to make any changes to your hours of business, the
regulated activities you provide, or substantial changes to the
layout of your premises, you need to apply to us. If you are in any
doubt as to whether the change you would like to apply for is a
major variation to your licence or a minor change, please contact
the Licensing Team using the details to the right of this page and
they will be able to advise you.
If any representations are made concerning an application to
vary or transfer a licence, or the conditions of the licence
transfer are not met, we must hold a public hearing.
To vary your licence, or apply for a minor change,
you will also need to advertise in a local paper and/or at your
premises. Please call the Licensing Team on 01622 602000 to discuss
your plans and find out which procedure applies.
Varying a Licence
For any substantial variation to your licence, a similar
procedure to a new application is involved, and you will need to
pay a similar fee. Major variations
take 56 calendar days to process. To apply for a major variation,
there is a form available to download
and post in to us, or you can
For minor administrative changes, or minor changes of layout,
there is a fee of £89.00. It will take 15 days to
update your licence. A form is available for
download or you can
Transferring the licence
You can transfer your Premises Licence to a new licence-holder.
There is a fee of £23.00 for this procedure. It
will take 14 days to process your application. There is a form
available to download
or you can
The current licence-holder must also give their consent to the
transfer – this is free. The consent form is
download or can be
I’m applying on behalf of my local Community Centre – do the
same rules apply?
If your organisation is a community premises, such as a village
hall, you can apply to be exempt from the need to have a Designated
Premises Supervisor. There is a fee of £23.00 for this
procedure, which will take 56 calendar days. Please
contact the Licensing Team in the first instance using the details
to the right of this page.
Afterwards, you can
The premises I want to license are under construction – what do
If you want to get the licensing-process started for Premises
that are still being built, you can make a provisional statement.
There is a fee of £315.00 for this procedure,
which will take 56 calendar days.
A form is available to download
or alternatively you can
Other useful forms and information
If you’re having trouble filling in your application forms,
please contact us in the first instance using the details on the
right hand of the page. However, here is some information which may
answer your questions.
What do I need to include in my operating schedule?
You should give the following information:
- Which licensable activities you want to offer at your
- The times when the licensable activities will take place,
- Any other times when the premises will be open to the
- The period the licence is required for, if you are applying for
a limited licence (i.e., for an event),
- The details of your designated premises supervisor,
- Whether any alcohol sold will be for consumption on or off the
premises, or both,
- What steps you will take to promote the licensing objectives,
- Any other information required.
What do I do if I need a new copy of my Premises Licence or a
Summary of the conditions?
application form for a copy of your licence is available for
you to download, print and post in to us. There is a fee of
£10.50 for this. (Cheques made payable to Sevenoaks
What if I want to surrender my Premises Licence?
If you need to give up your licence, you should return the
Notice of Surrender to us. This is free.
What if I need to complain?
The council operates a complaints procedure if you are unhappy
with the service you have received. View Maidstone Borough
Councils complaints policy or make a complaint online.
If you are unhappy with the outcome of your licence application,
please see “What
happens if there are problems with my Premises Licence
If you have a complaint relating to a licensed premises or
suspect a premises is operating without the required licence please
contact the Licensing Team using the details to the right of this