Community premises

On 29 July 2009 new legislation was introduced for inclusion in the Licensing Act 2003 involving village halls and community premises such as church halls, chapels and parts thereof. Community premises can apply to have the standard mandatory conditions under Section 19 of the Licensing Act 2003 removed from their premises licence.

The Section 19 conditions require all premises licensed for the sale of alcohol to have a designated premises supervisor (DPS) and for all sales of alcohol to be made or authorised by a person who holds a personal licence. This change enables community premises to operate without a DPS, and for sales of alcohol to be made on such premises without the authorisation of a personal licence holder.

Fees

The fee for this application is £23.

How to apply

Only the management committee of the premises can apply under this procedure; you'll need to provide the names of the management committee's key officers. Applications to request the removal of the requirement for a DPS must be made to the licensing authority for the area in which the premises is situated. You can apply online or by post.

Online

You can apply and pay online on the GOV.UK website. You'll need to download a copy of the application form and fill this in using Adobe Acrobat Reader.

By post

You can apply by post by sending your completed application form to: Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Licensing, Legal Services, PO Box 634, Barnsley, S70 9GG.

Please make sure you enclose a cheque for the correct amount, made payable to Barnsley MBC. Your application isn't valid without the inclusion of the necessary payment.

What happens next

The licensing authority must be satisfied that arrangements for the management of the premises by the committee or board are sufficient to ensure the adequate supervision of the supply of alcohol on the premises.

If your application is successful, the licence holder will be responsible for the supervision and authorisation of all alcohol sales made pursuant to the licence.

New applications for a premises licence (community premises)

Community premises wishing to apply for authorisation for the sale of alcohol for the first time should include the form for removal for the requirement for a DPS and personal licence with the new premises licence application or variation application.

No fee is required beyond the fee for the new application or variation, both of which are based on rateable value.

Community premises with an existing premises licence to sell alcohol

Existing premises are not exempt from the requirements of mandatory conditions regarding DPS's and personal licences.

Where a community premises already has a premises licence to sell alcohol, but wishes to benefit from the relaxation in the requirements regarding DPS, the management committee should apply to include the alternative licence condition in place of the usual mandatory condition by submitting an application with the relevant fee.