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Renew and/or vary your alcohol licence
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If you are an alcohol licence holder, you must apply to renew your licence at least 20 working days before it expires.Renewing your licence Varying your licence Forms
When to renew your alcohol licence
You must renew it:
1 year after it's first issued.
every 3 years after that before the expiry date.
As your renewal date approaches, we'll send you a reminder email with all the relevant information and forms. We'll also try to contact you before the expiry date, if we haven't received a renewal application. Remember though - it is your responsibility to ensure your licence renewal application is lodged on time.
If you apply before your licence expires, you can keep selling alcohol while we process your application.
If your licence expires before your application, you must stop selling alcohol immediately and remove all alcohol from display. A new licence must be applied for and granted. Once your new licence is issued, you'll be able to display and sell alcohol again.
If you want to change the conditions of your alcohol licence (for example, changing the hours you're licensed for), you need to make a variation to your licence. If you renew your licence at the same time, you’ll only pay one set of fees
The renewal process
All licence renewal applications must be publicly notified and displayed in a clearly visible place on or near the premises site. Your fee category will determine whether one or two public notices are required.
You must submit the completed renewal application.
Sign a statement that an approved fire evacuation scheme exists for the premises or that the premises are exempt from having to have an approved scheme.
The renewal application will be referred to the Police and Medical Officer of Health.
Any person with an interest greater than the public generally may object to your application within 15 working days of the publication of the first public notice. If any objections are received, these will be forwarded to you.
Any objections or matters raised in opposition by the public, Police or Medical Officer of Health, may lead to the renewal application being referred for a public hearing in front of the DLC.
Applying for a variation to the conditions of your alcohol licence
You need to apply for a variation if you want to change the conditions of your on-licence, off-licence or club licence.
When to apply
You need to apply for a variation if you want to change:
Your licensed hours
Your licensed area
The type of premises covered by the licence (e.g. From a tavern to a restaurant)
The designation of areas within your premises (e.g. Supervised/Restricted areas)
Note: If applying for a variation isn’t urgent, you may want to wait until you next renew your licence. Doing them together means you’ll only pay one set of fees.
Download the alcohol licence renewal and/or variation forms here