Common licensing enquiries
Licensing Act 2003
Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic no one is in the office at the moment, so please apply online for a premises licence.
- Apply for a premises licence What you need to know when you or someone else applies to licence a premises for alcohol, music, dancing or sports; and how to comment on them
- Make changes to a premises licence If you are taking over a business that already has a licence, or are changing the details of a licence, you need to let us know
- Personal licences The final stage of the process to licence yourself. The requirement to renew personal licences ended on 1 April 2015
- Temporary event notices Short-term licensing of your premises for alcohol, music, dancing or sports
- Make a complaint about a licensed premises Help making a representation about a licensing application or requesting a licence review
- Public register of licences and applications Find details for venues that have, or have applied for, licences for alcohol, music, dancing or sports
- Notification of an interest in premises Section 178 of the Licensing Act 2003 allows for a right of freeholder etc. to be notified of licensing matters
- Film classification How to ask us to give an age rating to a film
Other business licences
Non-Licensing Act 2003
- Commercial boarding and domestic boarding You may need a licence if your business provides accommodation for other people's cats or dogs.
- Dog breeding You need a licence if your business breeds dogs, either at home or in a commercial property.
- Dangerous wild animals You need a licence to keep any animal listed in the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976.
- Performing animals You may need a licence if your business keeps animals to show to an audience, like at schools or private parties.
- Pet shops You need a licence if your business sells animals as pets, or if they'll be resold as pets in the future.
- Riding establishments You need a riding establishment licence if your business provides horses for riding, like riding schools or donkey rides.
- Zoos Apply for a licence to run a zoo as a business in the city, renew your licence or make a change to an existing licence.
Premises licences for gambling will be in addition to other licensing.
Local risk assessments
From 6 April 2016, it is a requirement of the Gambling Commission’s Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice (LCCP), under Section 10, for licensees to assess the local risks to the licensing objectives posed by the provision of gambling facilities at their premises and have policies, procedures and control measures to mitigate those risks. In making risk assessments, licensees must take into account relevant matters identified in the gambling policy.
We have updated our gambling policy to include guidance on producing a risk assessment and using the local area profile, including what we would expect as a minimum.
You can download the Local Area Profile (DOCX 486KB) (LAP) from the BHconnected website. The LAP is evidence based and maps local risks to the area.
Environmental Health Service standards
See our Environmental Health Service standards to find out what you can expect from the team.