Community premises

On July 29th, 2009, new legislation was introduced to be included in the Licensing Act 2003. This involves village halls and community premises such as church halls, chapels (and parts thereof).
Community premises may now 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 DPS and for all sales of alcohol to be made or authorised by a person who holds a Personal Licence. 
This change will enable 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 and charges

A completed application must be submitted with a fee of £23.00.

How to apply

Only the management committee of the premises can apply under this procedure.

An application 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.

Applications can be made using the downloadable forms available on this webpage or via the application website.

The application form requires the applicants to provide the names of the management committee's key officers.


Applications and credit/debit card payments can be made online via the Gov UK website:

By post

You can download a paper application here:

Return your application to:

The Licensing Section, Regulatory Services, Barnsley Council, PO Box 634, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S70 9GG.

Please ensure you enclose a cheque for the correct amount, made payable to Barnsley MBC. Your application will not be considered to be valid without receipt 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 such an 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)

Those 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 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 the prescribed form together with the prescribed fee of £23.