Transfer a premises licence to another person

A transfer is usually made when the premises has been sold from one person/company to another. A transfer of the licence only changes the identity of the holder of the licence and does not alter the licence in any other way.

Fees and charges

The fee for the transfer of a premises licence is £23.

How to apply

Any individual aged 18 or over may apply for the transfer of a premises licence.

A transfer application must be made to the licensing authority for the area in which the premises is situated. The application must be accompanied by the premises licence or, if that is not practicable, a statement of the reasons for the failure to provide the licence.

The application must be accompanied by a consent form from the current holder of the premises licence. If this is not possible then the applicant must show that he/she has taken all reasonable steps to obtain that consent (if the application is made online, the consent may also be given online).

The applicant must give notice of the application to the Chief Officer of Police for the police area in which the premises are situated.

The Alcohol Licensing Team at the Home Office must also be notified.


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 to transfer a premises licence and consent from the current licence holder, along with 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.

What happens next

The transfer comes into immediate interim effect as soon as the licensing authority receives it, until it is formally determined or withdrawn. This is to ensure that there is no interruption to normal business at the premises. The Chief Officer of Police has 14 days, beginning with the day on which they are notified of the application, to consider the transfer.

They can either:

  • issue an objection notice if they believe that the transfer may undermine the crime prevention objective as set out in the Licensing Act 2003; or
  • raise no objection to the application.

If no objection is received then the licensing authority will transfer the licence in accordance with the application, amend the licence accordingly and issue it to the new holder. This will usually be done within seven days from the close of the 14-day consultation period.

The total timescale for dealing with a transfer application (no objection received) is therefore expected to be no more than 21 consecutive days commencing with the correct receipt of the application paperwork (including the Chief Officer of Police and the Home Office) and the associated fee.

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

  • representations
  • mediation
  • hearing
  • appeal
  • determination

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.