What does the law require?

An extended hour's application is used by the holder of a premises licence to increase their licensed hours to cater for a one-off event.

Application: extended hours

What do I need to consider?

We shall refuse an application to grant an extended hours application if, in our opinion:

  • The event to which the application relates does not fit within the definition of either:
    • a special event or occasion to be catered for on the premises, or
    • a special event of local or national significance
  • That the Board considers any objection from either the Police or the Licensing Standards Officer to be relevant, and that they uphold such an objection.
  • There is other good reason for refusing the application.

You may wish to consider seeking legal advice from a Solicitor prior to making this type of application.


The fee is £10.

Payment will be requested at the end of the online application process. If you are submitting a physical copy of the application to the One Stop Shop you will also need to access the online application process. You will be given the option indicating that you are submitting a physical copy of the application and this will take you straight to the payment screen.

How will you deal with my application?

We will notify the appropriate Chief Constable and the Licensing Standards Officer of this application, and give them a copy of your application.

These parties will then have 10 days to comment on your application.

In the case of the Police, they may object to your application if they feel that it is necessary to do so for the purposes of crime prevention.

The Licensing Standards Officer may prepare and submit to the licensing board a report setting out the Officer's comments on the application.

If your application is deemed non-contentious, we should be able to grant your licence without referring the decision to the Licensing Board.

'Non-contentious' means any application which has not resulted in any objections or representations, where the applicant has no criminal convictions and where there is no conflict with council policy. Contentious applications will be determined by the Licensing Board.

When will a decision be made?

We aim to make a decision on your application within 24 calendar days. This assumes that your application is not contentious. Your application will take longer to process if it becomes contentious (for example, if we receive objections or representations) and if that is the case we will keep you informed of the revised timescale.

What happens if you don't make a decision within the target time?

Tacit authorisation' does not apply because there is an overriding reason relating to the public interest, namely the need to protect public health and public safety. Therefore if you have still not received a decision after the target time has expired, your authorisation is not granted automatically. In such a situation, we will get in touch with you to let you know what happens next.

Please note that you must not carry on the activity for which you have applied for a licence unless or until you have been granted a licence.

What can I do if I'm not satisfied?

If you are unhappy with the way we have processed your application please contact us.

How does the Council handle objections and representations?

Find out more about objections and representations