Alcohol & Entertainment
Do I need a licence or authorisation?
If you are conducting any of the activities described below, you will require an authorisation under the Licensing Act 2003. Please read the information in the relevant sections and and use the forms at the end of this page to make your application.
- Selling alcohol by retail: this means by any means including selling a ticket for a function and then drinks are being offered for free as part of that event.
- The supply of alcohol by or on behalf of a club to, or to the order of, a member of the club: This refers exclusively to club premises certificates.
Providing Regulated Entertainments, which are defined as: a performance of a play, an exhibition of a film, an indoor sporting event, a boxing or wrestling entertainment (whether indoor and outdoor), a performance of live music, any playing of recorded music, a performance of dance, entertainment of a similar description to a performance of live music, any playing of recorded music or a performance of dance.
Provision of Late Night Refreshment: Late Night Refreshment is defined as Hot Food and Hot Drinks (above room temperature) supplied between the Hours of 23:00 and 05:00. Hotels have a an exemption under Schedule 2 of the Licensing Act 2003.
Essentially, persons wishing to sell alcohol or host regulated entertainments or provide late night refreshment need a Premises Licence for the premises and someone, generally the manager, will need to have a personal licence. This licensed individual fulfils a role called the Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS). Clubs have a slightly simpler arrangement but are more limited in who can make use of the facilities. For "one off" occasions such as pay bars in Village Halls, A Temporary Event Notice may be used (subject to a minimum notice period).
Note to applicants for premises and personal licences:
Due to recent changes to the application process made by central government, applicants are now required to provide evidence of their right to work in the UK. Extra details are required to be completed on application forms and you will be required to provide additional documentation with your application (Right to work - Document Requirements.docx [docx] 58KB). Please refer to the appropriate forms for further guidance.
Your application cannot proceed until you have complied with this requirement.
- Two passport photographs endorsed as a true likeness by a professional person who has completed the endorsement form
- NVQ Level 2 Personal Licence Holder Qualification certificate demonstrating that you have passed the exam
- A Disclosure and Barring Service check (Basic Level) not more than one month old (or a disclosure from the police National Database not more than one month old)
- Both an application form and a declaration of convictions
As a Personal Licence holder, you should notify your licensing authority if you change your name or move house. You could face prosecution if you do not maintain your records. If you move to another licensing area you remain licensed with first licensing authority. If you appear in court for any reason you should notify the court that you are a Personal Licence Holder and also notify the Licensing Authority that you are being prosecuted.
Change of name or address
If you are a personal licence holder, you must notify the issuing authority of any change or name or address.
If you hold a personal licence issued by Arun District Council, you can notify us of your change of details by using the form below and paying the £10.50 fee.
Personal licence renewals
As from 6th April 2015, the Government has abolished the requirement to renew personal licences.
The majority of licence holders that require a licence will require a Premises Licence. Only those that operate as clubs and meet certain criteria would be eligible to apply for a club premises certificate. Community premises wishing to apply for a premises licence that does not authorise the retail of alcohol may do so free of charge. It is a requirement that all applications are advertised in the local press. The licence applicant must pay the cost of the advert. Please contact the relevant local paper for the area in which the premises to confirm the cost of your advert. A blue notice will need to be displayed outside the premises to which the application relates continuously during the 28 day consultation period following submission of an application.
When completing the application form you will be asked what steps you will take to promote each of the licensing objectives:
- Prevention of crime and disorder
- Public nuisance
- Public safety
- Protection of children from harm
Your proposals will be translated into conditions of the licence, if granted. You should consider measures that would be appropriate for your intended operation. For example – you may suggest under crime and disorder that a CCTV system will be installed that will produce images capable of identifying persons and images will be stored for at least 28 days. Please refer to our Statement of Licensing Policy for further guidance.
Premises licences in most circumstances must have a Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) applied to that licence so that sales of alcohol may take place under the authority of that licence. A DPS must be a Personal Licence Holder.
For guidance on how to apply, please read the following: How to Apply for a Premises Licence.docx [docx] 58KB
Please see the alcohol licensee toolkit for more information that may assist you.
Please note that if you are holding a one off event, then a Temporary Event Notice (TEN) may be a better alternative for you.
Club Premises Certificates are required if a club:
- Supplies alcohol by or on behalf of the club to a member of that club
- Sells alcohol by or on behalf of the club to a guest of a member of that club for consumption on the club premises, and
- Where the provision of regulated entertainment is by or on behalf of a club for its members of the club and their guests.
In order for a club to qualify for a "club certificate" under the Licensing Act 2003 several criteria must be met, and are set out by Section 62 of the LA2003:
- Nobody can be admitted as a member without an interval of at least two days after their nomination or application for membership.
- A person admitted as a member other than by prior nomination, or application, must wait at least two days before enjoying the privileges of membership.
- The club is established and conducted in good faith as a club (as under section 63). These matters include: The club's freedom to purchase alcohol, how money or property belonging to the club is used, giving members information about the club finances, the clubs accounts, the nature of the premises.
- That the club has at least 25 members. (If the membership falls below 25 the withdrawal of club status will not have effect until 3 months after the authority gives notice and will not have effect if by the end of three months the membership numbers are 25 or above (Section 90)).
- No alcohol is supplied, or intended to be supplied, on the club premises except by or on the behalf of the club.
Like a Premises Licence, a Club Premises Certificate lasts until withdrawn. A Club Premises Certificate may be surrendered by returning it to the authority accompanied by a notice of surrender. The Licensing Authority must be informed by the club secretary of any change in the club's rules, name, or address (it is an offence not to do this and a fine can be imposed!). The certificate must accompany the notice (unless impracticable and reasons for this supplied) and the appropriate fee supplied. Failure to do this within 28 days of the change constitutes an offence. The main difference between Club Premises Certificates and Premises Licences is that clubs may not sell alcohol to members of the public, the club may only supply alcohol to members and their guests.
Plans to accompany licensing applications
Premises licences and club premises certificates need to be accompanied by plans of the premises to which the application relates. A copy of these plans needs to be submitted to each of the Responsible Authorities with the application in addition to sending a copy to the Licensing Authority. We do not require you to have your plans professionally drawn but they should show:
- The extent of the boundary of the building , if relevant, and any external and internal walls of the building and, if different, the perimeter of the premises
- the location of points of access and egress from the premises
- the location of any other escape routes from the premises
- in a case where the premises is used for more than one licensable activity, the area of the premises used for each activity
- fixed structures (including furniture) or similar objects temporarily in a fixed location (but not furniture) which may impact on the ability of individuals on the premises to use exit or escape routes without impediment
- where the premises includes a stage or raised area, the location and height of each stage or area relative to the floor
- where the premises includes any steps, stairs, elevators or lifts, the location of those
- the location of any public conveniences
- location and type of fire safety and any other safety equipment, including marine safety equipment if applicable
- the location of the kitchen if there is one on the premises.
Unless previously agreed with your Licensing Officer that an alternative scale plan is acceptable, the plan should be drawn in a standard scale where 1 millimetre represents 100 millimetres. You can include a key of symbols to illustrate the above requirements if you wish to do so. There is no requirement to show on the plan any areas that are not part of the premises you are licensing. You should, however, describe any areas that you intend to provide for people to consume alcohol that you sell or supply to them by noting it in part 3 of the application form.
For details of which entertainment activities require a licence, please see the gov.uk website.
Existing conditions attached to licences
Any conditions attached to a Premises Licences or Club Premises Certificates relating to music will be suspended whilst unregulated musical entertainment is taking place. If you are a licence holder and require guidance, please contact the Licensing Team on 01903 737755.
Performances of music in the workplace
Performances of music will not be regulated for audiences not exceeding 500 persons between the hours of 8am and 11pm on the same day.
All persons responsible for any musical performances will need to comply with all related legislation including noise nuisance legislation.
In relation to licensed premises, the Licensing Authority will investigate and take further action in relation to complaints regarding live music where necessary and complaints are upheld and supported with substantive evidence. Licence holders have an obligation to promote the four licensing objectives:
- The prevention of crime and disorder
- The prevention of public nuisance
- Public safety
- The Protection of children from harm
If complaints regarding live music are investigated and upheld, this may result in evidence to support a request for a licence review. If clear evidence demonstrates that there has been an adverse impact on the licensing objectives as a result of live music, the Licensing Authority has the power to decide to treat live music as a licensable activity. This may result in the application of licence conditions in relation to the performance of music. Further advice and guidance can be found at our Residents' Views page.
Licensing Sub-Committee Hearings
Licensing Subcommittee Review Procedure LA2003.pdf [pdf] 241KB
You can pay your licensing fee using our convenient online form. If using this facility, please quote payment details with your application, or provide a copy of the receipt. Payments can also be taken over the phone, or simply enclose the correct fee with your final submission.
Section 117 Application for a personal licence S.117A.docx [docx] 170KB - Used if an individual wants to sell alcohol. Please send to the Licensing Authority to where you ordinarily live i.e. If you live in Bognor Regis, please send to Arun District Council. If you live in Worthing, please send to Worthing Borough Council. £37
You must include with your application Section 117D Disclosure of convictions and civil penalties declaration S.117D.docx [docx] 134KB. Please also include Section 117 Photo endorsement.pdf [pdf] 40KB to be submitted with two endorsed passport photos.
Section 127 127 Notification of change of name or address (inc notes).pdf [pdf] 113KB - Used if a Personal Licence holder has moved or married/divorced/changed name by deed poll. £10.50
Section 17 Application for a premises licence S.17.docx [docx] 223KB - Used to license a place for the Sale of Alcohol/Regulated Entertainments/Late Night Refreshment for the first time or for major changes to premises already licensed. If your premises licence application is to include the supply of alcohol, also select Consent of individual to being specified as premises supervisor.doc [doc] 148KB Your application must accompany the correct fee. The non-domestic rateable value of your business determines the licence fee to be paid, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/correct-your-business-rates
Annual fees for premises/club licences and certificates:
BAND A £0 - £4,300 (Statutory) £70.00 5
B £4,301 - £33,000 (Statutory) £180.00 5
C £33,001 - £87,000 (Statutory) £295.00 5
D £87,001 - £125,000 (Statutory) £320.00 5
E £125,001+ (Statutory) £350.00 5
Section 34 Application to vary a premises licence S.34.docx [docx] 180KB - Changes to structure of building or hours of activities use. Please see above fee guide, the same charges apply, as they do for new applications
Section 37 Application to vary a prem licence to specify an individual as DPS S.37.doc [doc] 183KB- This form and process should be used when the licensee or bar manager has changed.
The application to vary a premises licence to specify an individual as designated premises supervisor under the Licensing Act 2003 asks the licensee to give a copy of the form to the existing premises supervisor. The completed form contains personal information about the proposed new DPS and sharing this information would be in breach of the Data Protection Act 1998. It is sufficient for the licensee to inform the DPS that the application has been made, without the need to share the specific details of the application. A full copy of the application form must still be sent to police. The form will be amended via regulations as soon as possible to make this clear. You must include with your application Consent of individual to being specified as premises supervisor.doc [doc] 148KB £23
Section 42 Application to transfer a premises licence S.42.doc [doc] 330KB - Change of owner of the business or organisation. Please also include Consent of premises licence holder to transfer.doc [doc] 1MB £23
Section 71 Application for a Club Premises Certificate to be granted (inc notes).pdf [pdf] 426KB. Your application must accompany the correct fee. The non-domestic rateable value of your business determines the licence fee to be paid, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/correct-your-business-rates
New/Variation fees for premises licences &club certificates
Band A £100
Band B £190.00
Band C £315.00
Band D £450.00
Band E £635.00
Section 84 Application to vary a club premises certificate S.84.docx [docx] 196KB. Please see above fee guide, the same charges apply, as they do for new applications.
Section 47 Interim authority notice S.47.doc [doc] 294KB £23
Section 178 Notification of an interest in premises under section 178 of the Licensing Act 2003.doc [doc] 237KB - Used by freeholders and persons with particular interests in a property. Particular information will be provided to this individual by the Authority.
Application for a premises licence *
Provisional statement *
Application for need for a Designated Premises Supervisor to be disapplied *
Application to vary a premises licence *
Application to vary premises licence to specify designated premises supervisor.pdf [pdf] 575KB
Application to transfer premises licence *
Notification of an interest in premises under section 178 *
Interim authority notice *
Consent to transfer *
Consent to be designated as a Premises Supervisor *
Application for a minor variation to a premises licence *
Notification of change of name or address *
Request to be removed as designated premises supervisor *
Make annual payment for a premises licence *
Application for a review of a prem licence or club prem certificate S.51 and S.87.doc [doc] 196KB
Application for a new club premises certificate *
Declaration for a club premises certificate *
Application for a variation to a club premises certificate *
Notification of change of details or club rules *
Application for a minor variation to a club certificate*
Make annual payment for a club licence *
Application for consent to conduct an exhibition, demonstration or performance of hypnotism *
View the Online Public Register to see the register of licences held in this district
For more information regarding the Licensing Act 2003 please contact the Arun District Council licensing team on 01903 737755 or write to the address at the bottom of this page. Email Licensing@arun.gov.uk.
Cumulative Impact Zones
There are currently no CIZs within the Arun District
Responsible authorities in Arun
If you are making an application for new or variations to licences and certificates in Arun under the Licensing Act 2003 these are the contact details for those parties to whom you must provide copies.
Contact details for Licensing Authority
The Licensing Team / Licensing Officer
Environmental Health Department
Arun District Council
Arun Civic Centre
>Tel: 01903 737755
Fax: 01903 723936
Contact details for Sussex Police
Police Neighbourhood Licensing Team
Tel: 0845 60 70 999 or 101 and ask for neighbourhood licensing team
Contact details for Fire and Rescue Service
Contact Details for Trading Standards
Contact details for Planning Department
Contact details for Health and Safety
Contact details for Environmental Health
Contact details for local safeguarding children board
Contact details for Public Health
Contact details for Immigration Enforcement
Alcohol Licensing Team,
40 Wellesley Road,