Provisional statement

Where premises are being, or are about to be, constructed or altered, you can apply for a provisional statement as an indicator whether a premises licence is likely to be granted upon completion of the construction work or alterations in accordance with the plans.

This enables you to have an assessment to the feasibility of the proposed development being granted a premises licence for licensable activities after the completion of the building or works.

If a provisional statement is granted you'll still need to apply for a premises licence in the normal way before the premises can be used for any licensable activities.

Fees and charges

The fee for the grant of a provisional statement is £315.

How to apply

Any person aged 18 or over who has an interest in the premises can apply for a provisional statement. A person in this context includes a business, a firm of architects, a construction company or a financier.

You can apply for a provisional statement if the premises is within our licensing area. You can apply online or by post.


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.

You'll also need to upload any accompanying documents.

By post

You can apply by post by sending your completed application form and any accompanying documents 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.

Your application must be accompanied by:

  • the required fee
  • a schedule of works
  • plan of the premises
  • confirmation that the application has been simultaneously served to the appropriate responsible authorities.

What happens next

The responsible authorities have 28 consecutive days to consider the application served upon them. Members of the public also have a 28-day period within which to consider making a relevant representation.

Where no objections or relevant representations are made by responsible authorities or members of the public, we must grant the provisional statement on the 29th consecutive day subject only to the mandatory conditions and the schedule of works.

Please read the premises licence approval process for further information about how all applications and changes are processed, including:

  • representations
  • mediation
  • hearing
  • appeal
  • determination
  • tacit consent

Please note, tacit consent applies for this application.

Trade associations


If you want to make a complaint about a licensed premises, please contact us.

Please also see our review of a premises licences.