Make a change to a premises licence

If you have a premises licence but need make changes to it you need to let us know.

If you have just acquired a licensed business you will need to

  • transfer the premises licence to become the premises licence holder
  • apply for a designated premises supervisor (to authorise the alcohol sales on a day to day basis)
  • if you wish to extend hours, make changes to the plans, or change the premises or licensable activities, you will need to apply for a Variation to the premises licence.

The premises licence holder is responsible for the premises licence and to making sure all staff meet the premises licence authorisations and conditions ( these are legal requirements and failure to do so can result in a fine or imprisonment). The premises licence holder must also make sure that the premises promotes the four licensing objectives:

  • prevention of crime and disorder
  • public safety
  • prevention of public nuisance
  • protection of children from harm

Transferring the premises licence

You will need to complete a premises licence transfer application

The cost is £23 made payable to Brighton & Hove City Council

There is a 14 day consultation process where Sussex Police can make any comments on the application.

Once the consultation is complete, a new licence with all the details will be sent to you.

Designated premises supervisors

A designated premises supervisor (DPS) is the person who has day-to-day responsibility for the running of the business.

All businesses and organisations selling or supplying alcohol, except members clubs and certain community premises must have a designated premises supervisor.

Whoever holds this role must be named in the operating schedule, which you will need to complete as part of the application process, when you apply for a premises licence.

Changing your licence or club certificate

If you want to change any aspect of your licence or club certificate once it has been granted, you will need to apply to us for either a full or a minor variation.

Contact us for advice on which process is more suitable for the change you want to make.

Full variations

The full variation process is very similar to the application process for a new premises licence. You should use this process if you want to make a substantial change to your licence, for example, increasing the hours when you sell alcohol. The fee payable for the application is based on your business rateable value.

Consulting on your application

There has to be a 28 day public consultation period for anyone to make a representation.

You have to:

People and authorities may contact us to make representations about the application. These are statements supporting or opposing the application, and inform the decision we make

Minor variations

If you want to make a small, low-risk change to your premises licence, you may be able to use the minor variation process. This is cheaper and quicker than the full variation application.

Small changes could include:

  • removing a licensable activity
  • reducing the hours you sell alcohol
  • making small changes to the layout of your premises

If you apply for a minor variation and your application is rejected, you will not be able to appeal. You can reapply using the full variation process.