Notification of interest

If you are the freeholder, leaseholder or occupier of a property which has a Premises Licence in accordance with the Licensing Act 2003, then you may notify the Licensing Authority of your interest in the property. We will then advise you when a licensing application is received in respect of the property.


It's not a legal requirement for you to tell us about your interest in the property.

If you apply for a notification of interest, for 12 months from the date of your application, we'll inform you of any changes to the statutory register which relate to those premises.

This includes all applications for:

  • Premises Licences
  • Club Premises Certificates
  • Provisional Statements
  • Temporary Event Notices

as listed in Schedule 3 of the Licensing Act 2003.

You can renew the application at the end of the 12 month period.

Fees and charges

The annual fee for right of freeholders to be notified of licensing matters is £21.00.

Who can apply?

A person (which will include a business or company) with a property interest in any premises situated in the Licensing Authority's area may give notice of their interest to the authority.

Those who may take advantage of this arrangement may include:

  • the freeholder; the leaseholder
  • a legal mortgagee in respect of the premises
  • a person in occupation of the premises or
  • any other person as prescribed by the Secretary of State

How to apply

An application to vary a premises licence must be made to the Licensing Authority for the area in which the premises is situated. You can apply online or in writing.

Online

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

By post

You can download a paper application here:

What happens next?

The notice will have effect for 12 months, but a new notice can be given every year.


Whilst the notice has effect, if any change relating to the premises concerned has been made to the Licensing Public Register, the Licensing Authority must notify the person who registered an interest of the matter to which the change relates.


The person will also be notified of their right to request a copy of the information contained in any entry in the register.
In cases relating to Interim Authority Notices, the Licensing Authority will ensure such communications are dealt with promptly.

Trade associations

ALMR - Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers
BECTU - Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematograph and Theatre Union
FLVA - Federation of Licensed Victuallers Associations

Complaints

If you want to make a complaint about a licensed premises, please contact us. See also Review of a Premises Licence.