Transfer a premises licence

If you want to take control of a licensed premises by becoming the licence holder, you will need to apply to transfer the licence into your name.

A premises licence holder can be one or more individuals, a business or an organisation. You must be aged 18 or over.

What you must do

You must get the current licence holder to complete the consent form, which you will need to upload when submitting the application through Gov.uk.

If you want the application to start immediately from when we receive it, you must tick the right box in part three of the form.

The cost of the application is £23.

If you also need to change your Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) see change a designated premises supervisor

What happens next

When we get your application, we begin a 14 day notice period in which the Police may object to the application. We will issue you a new licence when this time has finished, as long as there are no objections.

Note: We recommend you discuss licence fees with the outgoing licence holder before taking on a business, as if the licence annual fee has not been paid, the licence may be suspended. Where this is this case, authorisation to provide licensable activities will not be in place and you may inadvertently commit and offence. Once suspended, a licence can be reinstated by the annual fee being paid.

Laws and regulation

You are required to make this application under the Licensing Act 2003