What does the law require?

A transfer of premises licence is required when a licence holder is no longer involved in a business and wishes to transfer the Premises Licence over to the new operator of the business

What do I need to consider?

That the person to whom you are transferring (transferee) the licence to must be aged at least 18 years of age. 

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

How will you deal with my application?

We will give a copy of your application to the Police, who will respond to us within 21 days with a notice stating either-

a) the transferee has no relevant offence or foreign offence

b) the transferee has a relevant offence and the details of the convictions.

If point (a) applies then we will complete your transfer, however if point (b) applies then this matter will require to be considered at a meeting of the Licensing Board.

When will a decision be made?

We aim to make a decision on your application within 60 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?

Please contact us to discuss. 

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