New premises licence applications

A premises licence allows a premises to be used for one or more "licensable activities".

The Licensing Act 2003 says that the following are licensable activities:

  • The sale by retail of alcohol
  • The provision of regulated entertainment
  • The provision of late night refreshment

More information on premises licences can be viewed on the GOV.UK website.

Applying for a premises licence

You are strongly encouraged to ask for advice from officers in our licensing department before making an application for a premises licence. The officers can help make sure that you go through all the necessary procedures properly, which helps you to avoid unnecessary delays in the application process.

You can contact the licensing department by email at or by phone on 01905 822799

Detailed guidance notes on how to apply for a premises licence have been written by the Home Office and can be downloaded here:

Premises Licence Guidance

Apply online

You can apply online for the grant of a premises licence via the GOV.UK website

Apply online

Apply by post

If you are applying by post you will need to send your application to us at:

Licensing, Worcester City Council, Guildhall, High Street, Worcester, WR1 2EY

You can download an application form for a premises licence here:

Premises Licence Application Form

Copies of your application will also need to be sent to all of the responsible authorities, whose contact details can be found here:

Responsible Authorities List

If you want permission to use the premises for the sale of alcohol, you will need to name in the application a person who will act as designated premises supervisor (DPS). This person must agree to being nominated as the DPS by completing this form:

DPS Consent Form

A template for the public notice that needs to be displayed at the premises and published in a local newspaper, circular or similar document can be downloaded below. Please note that the notice displayed at the relevant premises must be printed on light blue paper.

Public Notice Template


A table of the fees that must be paid for applications made under the Licensing Act 2003 can found on our licensing fees and charges page.

You can find out the non-domestic rateable value of the relevant premises by visiting the Valuation Office Agency website.

Will tacit consent apply?

Yes. After the 28 day consultation period has expired, if no representations have been received from responsible authorities or other persons, then the licence is granted as applied for. We will issue the licence shortly after.

If there is a representation from a responsible authority other person then this will cause the application to be considered by the Licensing Sub-Committee. A hearing will be arranged within 56 days from the date the application is made.