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Change of DPS

Change of Designated Premises Supervisor

A Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) is the person who has day-to-day responsibility for the running of a business that has a premises licence to retail alcohol. To sell or supply alcohol a business must have a Designated Premises Supervisor.

When do you need a change of DPS?

Alcohol can NOT be legally sold if there is no Designated Premises Supervisor in place.

You must ensure a change of DPS takes place when the current Designated Premises Supervisor:

  • no longer works at the premises.
  • has had their personal licence suspended.

What qualifications are required to become a Designated Premises Supervisor?

To become a DPS on a Premises Licence the applicant must hold a valid Personal Licence.

Innpacked’s licensing team can process the whole application for you.

All you need to do is submit a signed consent form by the current designated premises supervisor, which we will provide you with and a scan of your of the current Premises Licence (or explanation of why you can’t send it).

As part of our application service we will ensure that all the relevant authorities receive the required documentation for the new designated premises supervisor to be processed.

What happens next?

The police have 14 days to make an objection to the application.

If the police don’t object, the application will be granted. If the police do object, the application will be considered at a hearing by the Licensing Sub-Committee.

Once the application has been approved we will then send you the amended premises licence with the new named Designated Premises Supervisor.


Change of Designated Premises Supervisor – £175 + VAT (including fees


Call us today on 08000 786 056 to find out more about how Innpacked can help you make the most of your business.

More about the Designated Premises Supervisor.

The Designated Premises Supervisor must be named in the operating schedule of the Premises Licence. The operating schedule is the document which outlines how the premises will be operated in regard to the licensing objectives and is submitted as part of any premises licence application.

The Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) will be the main point of contact for the council licensing authorities and the police. While the DPS is under no legal requirement to be on site at all times, it is expected that they will be involved in the operation of the premises licence to a degree that they have day to day control of the business. The DPS must be contactable at all times, to ensure that any questions or concerns that the police or licensing authorities may have about the licensed premises, can be dealt with.

It is imperative that the DPS has a strong understanding of both the business and the potential problems associated with the sale of alcohol. This is why the DPS must be a personal licence holder, as to apply for a Personal Licence the applicant will have attended a APLH course and attained the Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders qualification. This ensures that the DPS has the relevant working knowledge and legal requirements contained within the 2003 Licensing Act.

This role should not be entered into lightly as getting it wrong can carry legal consequences for both the individual and the business.
Although each premises licence must have only one Designated Premises Supervisor, the person selected for the role can also act as a Designated Premises Supervisor for more than one premises licence.

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