Apply for a premises licence online using the payment form below.
If you are an existing premises licence holder then you must pay your annual fee using the online payment form below.
You will need to apply for a premises licence if you intend to sell alcohol or provide ‘licensable activities’ from a particular venue.
Licensable activities include:
You’ll also need a licence if you provide the following types of entertainment:
You still need a licence even if the activities are for charity.
It will take at least 28 days for a licence to be granted, there must be a 28 day consultation period.
You don’t need a licence for some types of entertainment, including:
You must be 18 or over to apply for a premises licence.
You must be, or appoint, a designated premises supervisor (DPS) before a licence will be granted. A DPS must have a personal licence to sell alcohol.
You must place the notice in a local newspaper, for instance the Manchester Weekly News, Salford edition. The notice must be published at least once in the period of ten working days, starting the day after a complete application has been submitted to the local authority. The licensing team will notify you whether your application has been accepted as complete and we would advise you not to place the notice in a newspaper until you have received this confirmation. You will receive this confirmation by email and we will inform you of the date any representations should be submitted by, which you will need to include in the notice.
You must display a notice on the premises for a period of no less than 28 consecutive days starting on the day after the day which the application was submitted to the local authority. Once you have submitted your application, the licensing team will notify you by email whether your application has been accepted as complete and we will inform you of the date any representations should be submitted by, which you will need to include in the notice.
The other pages of the licence should be kept safely at the premises. The licence application will also be displayed on our website.
This notice must be:
We can provide for a fee, pre-application advice for certain licensing applications. Click the headings to find out more.
About the service
If you want to make a new application for a premises licence or an application to vary an existing premises licence you can take advantage of this service.
Pre-application advice and assistance can include:
The charge for pre-application advice is based on officer time, but will be a maximum of £78.50 for a small scale application and a maximum of £109.50 for medium to large applications.
Small scale applications
Small scale applications would normally consist of applications relating to premises that occupy a relatively small floor area or premises where the proposed licensable activities will largely be ancillary to the operation of the premises, for example, independent supermarkets and food led restaurants.
Medium to large scale applications
Medium to large scale applications would be any other premises that occupy a large premises or where licensable activities will form part of the primary operation of the premises.
Exemptions will apply in certain circumstances for educational institutes, buildings used for religious purposes, village and community halls and non profit making charities. Advice for minor variations and temporary event notices will still be free.
How to get pre-application advice
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please ensure there are no restrictive planning conditions attached to the premises.
You’ll need to provide:
You must display your ‘application notice’ at or on the premises for 28 days from the day after it was submitted.
You’ll be charged a fee that’s based on the rateable value of the property, this will be on your latest bill. A multiplier will be applied at application to any premises used exclusively or primarily for the supply of alcohol for consumption on the premises (bands D and E only). An annual charge multiplier will be applied to premises used exclusively or primarily for the supply of alcohol for consumption on the premises (bands D and E only).
If your premises doesn’t have a rateable value it will fall into the lowest fee band.
Non-domestic rateable value
|Application fee||Annual charge|
£0 - £4300
£4301 - £33,000
£33,001 - £87,000
£87,001 - £125,000
£125,001 and over
How do I pay my annual fee?
You must pay your annual fee using the online payment form below.
What happens if I don't pay my annual fee?
Following an amendment to the Licensing Act 2003, a licence must be suspended if the annual fee has not been paid on or before it becomes due. The law says that the licence holder must be given notice of at least two working days of any suspension, so if an annual fee has not been paid by the due date, we will write to the licence holder to let them know on what date their licence will be suspended. We will inform the Police, Trading Standards and the other responsible authorities of this suspension.
When a licence is suspended no licensable activities will be able to take place. Carrying out unlicensed licensable activities whilst a licence is suspended carries a penalty of a fine of up to £20,000 and up to six months imprisonment upon conviction.
Most premises licences have an unlimited duration but you will have to pay an annual fee.
You can be fined up to £1,000 for failing to produce your licence on request.
If you carry out any licensable activities at your premises without a premises licence, you can be fined, sent to prison for up to six months, or both.
To complete this form please refer to the guidance notes for applying for a premises licence.
As part of the application process your application must also be sent to the following responsible authorities. If you are submitting your application electronically we will distribute your application for you.
This page was last updated on 19 July 2019