Shropshire Council

New premises licence

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Businesses, organisations and individuals who want to sell or supply alcohol, provide regulated entertainment or late night refreshment must have a licence or other authorisation under the Licensing Act 2003 from us.

Applicants for premises licences/variations to a premises licence must ensure that the correct planning permission is in place for their proposed use of the premises. The granting of a premises licence authorises the use of the premises for licensable activities, it does not replace or remove the requirement to have the correct planning permission in place.

Where a premises is to be used for marriage ceremonies, the applicant must also ensure that they have applied for and obtained approval of the premises as a venue for civil marriage and civil partnership ceremonies from the Shropshire Registration Service.

Am I eligible to apply for a new premises licence?

You must be 18 or over to apply for a premises licence.

Who needs one?

Any individual or business who will be carrying out one of the following licensable activities: Sale by retail of alcohol, provision of regulated entertainment and provision of late night refreshment. Further information about these licensable activities can be found under 'Related Documents' called 'Who needs a new premises licence'.

How long will it take?

There is a 28 day consultation process which begins the day after a valid application is received by us. If relevant representations are received during this period the application may have to be determined by a hearing of the Licensing Act Sub Committee, which must take place within 20 working days of the end date of the consultation. We therefore recommend that you allow at least a two month period for the application to be determined.

How much will it cost?

There is a fee for issuing this document, which is taken when you apply.

What will I need before I apply?

  • Completed application form
  • Plan of the premises
  • Proof of payment of the application fee
  • Proof of right to work in the UK (where the applicant(s) is an individual)
  • Full details on how to complete the application and produce a plan can be found in the Premises Licences Operating Schedules and Premises Plans Guidance in the Related Documents section of this page.

Do I need to do anything else?

If you email your application form to us, we will send it to the Responsible Authorities. If you post your application to us then you must send a copy of the application and accompanying documents to all the responsible authorities (listed at the front of the application) on the same day you send it to us. When you receive your licence, you must display the licence summary at your premises where it can be easily seen. The full premises licence should be kept safely somewhere on the premises, available for inspection by the Police or Council officers on request.

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Download the form, print it out, fill it in and post your application along with the fee if applicable to:

The Licensing Team, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY2 6ND

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