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Premises licences

A premises licence issued under the Licensing Act 2003 allows a premises to sell alcohol, provide regulated entertainment or serve late night refreshment on commercial premises. You might also like to look at the page on Club Premises Certificates, especially if you are a registered club such as a working men’s club. You can read the legislation on the Government website.

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Click to expandResponsible Authorities

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As part of the application process you are required to send a copy of their application to the responsible authorities. In Leeds, the responsible authorities are:


  • Leeds City Council, Entertainment Licensing, Civic Hall, Leeds LS1 1UR
  • West Yorkshire Police, Leeds District Licensing Office, Millgarth Police Station, Leeds LS2 7HX
  • West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, Service Delivery Centre, Fire Protection Department, Stanningly Road, Bramley, Leeds, LS12 3PL
  • Leeds City Council, Health and Environmental Action Service, Millshaw Office, Millshaw Park Way, Churwell, Leeds LS11 0LS
  • Leeds City Council, Health and Safety Team, Health and Environmental Action Service, Millshaw Office, Millshaw, Park Way, Churwell, Leeds LS11 0LS
  • Leeds Safeguarding Chidrens Board, Leeds City Council, 3rd Floor, 2 Great George Street, Leeds LS2 8BA
  • Leeds City Council, City Development, Planning Compliance Service, The Leonardo Building, 2 Rossington Street, Leeds LS2 8HD
  • West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service, Licensing Team, PO Box 5, Nepshaw Lane South, Leeds LS27 0QP
  • NHS Leeds, Tech North, 2nd Floor, 9 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3NB

In addition, the Health and Safety Executive are also a responsible authority:


  • Health and Safety Executive, The Lateral, 8 City Walk, Leeds, LS11 9AT

However, they will only need to be sent a copy of the application where Leeds City Council’s Environmental Health Service is not the enforcing authority under the Health and Safety at Work Act , e.g. premises of a crown body, a local authority, the police, a hospital, a school or a university. Please see the Health and Safety (Enforcing Authority) Regulations 1998, or contact the Health and Safety Team in Environmental Health Services for clarification – telephone (0113) 247 7791 or email hsaw@leeds.gov.uk.​​​​

Click to expandIf you are planning on applying online

There are two ways to apply online. You can use our partner site iApply which has easy to use applications for:


  • temporary event notices

  • application to vary the designated premises supervisor

  • applications to transfer the premises licence to another person or business

  • minor variation process for variations to an existing premises licence

We think this is the easiest way to apply online, however there is a small card processing fee applied when you pay for your application.

Or if you don’t want to pay the card processing fee you can use www.gov.uk.

On occasion there are technical difficulties which result in applicants not being able to pay for their application online. If this happens the website will request that the application is submitted again. If you have any difficulties making payments using www.gov.uk please contact us so that we can take payment over the phone. Please do not resubmit the application. We can confirm if we have received it when you call. If you are applying outside of office hours you can email us with a phone number and a convenient time and we will call you back. We strongly recommend that you call us after you have submitted your application to ensure we have received notification of it and that the application is complete.

Annual fee: Your licence needs to be renewed each year by paying the annual fee. See the Top Tasks section on this page to make the annual payment.

Click to expandApply for a new premises licence

If you would like to apply for a new premises licence you will need to complete the application form (Word doc 332KB). You will also need to complete a consent form (Word doc 131KB) if you plan to sell alcohol. We have some guidance (PDF 81KB) on how to fill in the application, how much it will cost (PDF 53KB) and who to send your application to (PDF 45KB).

If you are planning to site your business in or near to Armley, Harehills, Middleton or Belle Isle you should know we have some special guidance for Inner West Leeds (PDF 747KB), Inner East Leeds (PDF 1.2MB) and South Leeds (PDF 1.1MB).

We have a Licensing Policy (PDF 847KB) you should read, especially if you are planning to site your business in the City Centre, Headingley, Chapel Allerton, Horsforth or Armley. If you are planning to open a business in the City Centre we have some guidance (1.8MB) on our City Centre cumulative impact policy.

If you would like to make your application online and pay online you can do so on the Government website. You will need to submit both the application form and the consent form or you can send us completed application forms by email to entertainment.licensing@leeds.gov.uk and we can take your payment over the phone on 0113 378 5029. You can also post us your application and pay by cheque.

There are set timescales stated in the legislation for determining a premises licence. If no one objects to your application it is automatically granted after 28 days. If you receive comments your application will be decided at a licensing subcommittee. There is more information about this in the New premises guidance (PDF 81KB).

Click to expandApply for a variation to your premises licence

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If you would like to make a change to your premises licence, for example a change to the hours or conditions, you will need to complete the application form (Word doc 273KB). We have some guidance (PDF 79KB) on how to do this, how much it will cost (53KB) and who to send your application to (PDF 45KB).

There are two ways to apply online. You can use our partner site iApply which has easy to use applications for:


  • temporary event notices

  • application to vary the designated premises supervisor

  • applications to transfer the premises licence to another person or business

  • minor variation process for variations to an existing premises licence

We think this is the easiest way to apply online, however there is a small card processing fee applied when you pay for your application.

Or if you don’t want to pay the card processing fee you can use www.gov.uk or you can send us completed applications forms by email to entertainment.licensing@leeds.gov.uk and we can take your payment over the phone on 0113 378 5029. You can also post us your application and pay by cheque.

There are set timescales stated in the legislation for determining club premises certificates. If no one objects to your application it is automatically granted after 28 days. If you receive comments your application will be decided at a licensing subcommittee. There is more information about this in the guidance.​​​

Click to expandApply for a minor variation to your premises licence

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If you would like to make a small change to your premises licence, such as adding a licensable activity or removing old and redundant conditions you will need to complete the relevant application form (Word doc 141KB). We have some guidance (PDF 65KB) on how to do this. There are special rules on what can be changed under a minor variation so we suggest you read the guidance before you make your application.

There are two ways to apply online. You can use our partner site iApply which has easy to use applications for:


  • temporary event notices

  • application to vary the designated premises supervisor

  • applications to transfer the premises licence to another person or business

  • minor variation process for variations to an existing premises licence

We think this is the easiest way to apply online, however there is a small card processing fee applied when you pay for your application.

If you don’t want to pay the card processing fee you can use www.gov.uk or you can send us completed applications forms by email to entertainment.licensing@leeds.gov.uk and we can take your payment over the phone on 0113 378 5029. You can also post us your application and pay by cheque.

There are set timescales stated in the legislation for determining a minor variation. If we receive a comment from one of the responsible authorities we will have to consider if your application can be considered a minor variation. If we decide it doesn’t, your application will be rejected and you will have the option to apply under the full variation process. If we decide that it is a minor variation your application will be accepted within 15 days and we will write to you to tell you so.

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Click to expandApply to change the designated premises supervisor on your premises licence

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If you would like to change the name of the designated premises supervisor on your licence, you will need to fill in the application form (Word doc 136KB). You will also need the new designated premises supervisor to fill in a consent form (Word doc 131KB). The form is straightforward but if you need any advice contact us on 0113 378 5029 or by email to entertainment.licensing@leeds.gov.uk.​

If you would like to make your application online and pay online you can do that on the Government website or you can send us completed applications forms by email to entertainment.licensing@leeds.gov.uk and we can take your payment over the phone on 0113 378 5029. You can also post us your application and pay by cheque.

There are set timescales stated in the legislation for determining a change of designated premises supervisor. If the Police do not object to your application it is automatically granted after 14 days. If you receive comments your application will be decided at a licensing subcommittee.​

Click to expandApply to transfer your premises licence

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If you either sell your business, or buy a business that has a premises licence you will need to apply to transfer the licence into your name.

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The new premises licence holder will need to fill in the application form (Word doc 157KB). You will have to get the premises licence holder to fill in a consent form (Word doc 131KB). The form is straightforward but we do have some guidance (PDF 58KB). The cost of a transfer is £23.

There are two ways to apply online. You can use our partner site iApply which has easy to use applications for:


  • temporary event notices

  • application to vary the designated premises supervisor

  • applications to transfer the premises licence to another person or business

  • minor variation process for variations to an existing premises licence

We think this is the easiest way to apply online, however there is a small card processing fee applied when you pay for your application.

Or if you don’t want to pay the card processing fee you can use www.gov.uk and you can get the existing licence holder to consent to the transfer by filling in a consent form or you can send us completed applications forms by email to entertainment.licensing@leeds.gov.uk and we can take your payment over the phone on 0113 378 5029. You can also post us your application and pay by cheque.

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There are set timescales stated in the legislation for determining a change of designated premises supervisor. If the Police do not object to your application it is automatically granted after 14 days. If your application receives a comment it will be decided at a hearing.​​​​​​​

Click to expandNotify us of your interest in a premises

If you are a landlord or freeholder, you can notify us of this and we will let you know if anything on the premises licence is changed.

You will need to complete an application form (Word doc 119KB). You can also do this online or you can send us completed applications forms by email to entertainment.licensing@leeds.gov.uk and we can take your payment over the phone on 0113 378 5029. You can also post us your application and pay by cheque. There is a charge of £21.​

Click to expandApply for Interim Authority when the premises licence holder becomes insolvent or bankrupt

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If a premises licence holder becomes insolvent or bankrupt the Premises Licence automatically becomes invalid unless it is transferred to someone else. There is an option to apply for an interim authority which enables a liquidator to temporarily take control of the premises licence until the business is sold or otherwise disposed of.

You will need to complete an application form (Word doc 132KB). You can also do this online or you can send us completed applications forms by email to entertainment.licensing@leeds.gov.uk and we can take your payment over the phone on 0113 378 5029. You can also post us your application and pay by cheque. There is a charge of £23.

Click to expandIf you are a community hall, apply to have the designated premises supervisor removed from your licence

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If you are the member of a committee that runs a community hall, instead of a having a designated premises supervisor you can arrange for the committee to take the responsibility for the sale of alcohol at the hall. We have some guidance (PDF 56KB) on this.

You will need to complete an application form (PDF 65KB). You can send us completed applications forms by email to entertainment.licensing@leeds.gov.uk and we can take your payment over the phone on 0113 378 5029. You can also post us your application and pay by cheque. There is a charge of £23.

Click to expandIf you are a designated premises supervisor, apply to be taken off a licence

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If you are currently a designated premises supervisor but no longer wish to be, you can notify us formally by email to entertainment.licensing@leeds.gov.uk or by using the Contact us form. You can also do this online. There is no charge.​

Click to expandTell us about a change to your existing premises licence

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If you would like to make a change to the details on your premises licence, such as a change of address of the premises licence holder, you can advise us by email to entertainment.licensing@leeds.gov.uk or by using the Contact us form. You can also do this online. There is a charge of £10.50.​

Click to expandMake an annual fee payment for a premises licence

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If you would like to pay your annual fee you can pay online at our website or over the phone on 0113 378 5029. Please have your premises licence number to hand when you call us.​

Click to expandConsumer Protection

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Should you have cause for complaint in relation to a premises, we would always recommend that you write to the business first. If that does not work please contact us and providing it is a matter covered by the legislation, we can investigate the complaint for you.​

Click to expandUse of Personal Data

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We are under a duty to protect the public funds we administer and to this end may use the information you have provided in your application for the prevention and detection of fraud. We may also share this information with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds for these purposes.​

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