Provisional statement

Where premises are being, or are about to be, constructed or altered, applicants may apply for a provisional statement, which acts 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.

The procedure enables the applicant to have an assessment made as to the feasibility of the proposed development being granted a premises licence for licensable activities upon completion of the building or works.

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

For further information about premises licences, please see how to apply for a premises licence.

Fees and charges

The fee for the grant of a Provisional Statement is £315.

How to apply

Any person (if an individual aged 18 or over) who has an interest in the premises may apply for a Provisional Statement.
A person in this context includes a business, a firm of architects, a construction company or a financier.

An application for a Provisional Statement must be made to the Licensing Authority for the area in which the premises is situated.


Applications and credit/debit card payments can be made using the UK Welcomes webpage on the GOV.UK website:

By Post

Postal applications may be made by sending a completed form, along with any accompanying documents:

Return your application to:

The Licensing Section, Regulatory Services, Barnsley Council, PO Box 602, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S70 9FB.

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.

The 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 - see 'Representations' below.
Where no objections or relevant representations are made by Responsible Authorities or members of the public, the Licensing Authority 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

Tacit consent applies for this application.

Trade associations

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


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