Occasional Licence

If you hold a premises licence, a personal licence or are from a voluntary organisation and wish to sell alcohol from premises that are not licensed, you may apply for an occasional licence.

From 1 August 2017: We require a minimum of 30 calendar days to process occasional licence applications (the only exception to this is for funeral events). Applications received by us within 30 calendar days of the scheduled event will be rejected and returned to you.

Please make sure that when sending in your completed form, you’ve signed it and enclosed the correct fee, as well as providing one set of full contact details.


Applicants for an occasional licence must be either the holder of a premises licence, the holder of a personal licence or a representative of a voluntary organisation. An occasional licence will be valid for no more than 14 days and conditions will be attached to the licence.

We will give notice to the local chief constable of the application. The chief constable can serve a notice recommending that the licence would put crime prevention objectives at risk. If we have not received any notice from a chief constable, a report from a Licensing Standards officer or a notice of objection or representation from any other person we must grant the application. If any of these have been received the application will be considered to see if there are grounds for refusal. If so the application will be refused, if not it must be granted.

Notification of a refusal or granting of an application will be given to the applicant, the chief constable, the Licensing Standards Officer and any person who gave a notice of objection or representation. A statement of reason can be requested by any person served with such a notice.

Will Tacit Consent Apply?

Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the local authority by the end of the target completion period.


We will charge a fee of £10 that you will pay online to process your application. To minimise its costs, we will pass on a 1.80% charge on the value of all payments made by credit card.

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