This is the licence that is attached to the venue.
Usually the pub, restaurant or shop that you buy will have an existing premises licence, although occasionally there are circumstances when it may have lapsed.
A lapsed licence has 28 days in which to be reinstated, after that time it is gone for good and a new premises licence must be applied for.
It’s important that, if you are buying any licenced premises, you check that the Premises Licence is current and active.
If the licence is active, you will need to apply for a licence transfer and probably a change of Designated Premises Supervisor.
Innpacked can take care of both applications on your behalf.
If your proposed business does not have an existing premises licence, you will have to make an application for a new licence.
This can be an intimidating and time-consuming process if are new to it.
We have provided a complete guide to making a new premises licence application within this site, but if you would like some further information or would like us to make the application on your behalf, then please contact our licensing team.
As the existing Premises Licence will be in the name of the current licence holder, it is important to ensure that it is transferred into your, or your company’s, name on completion of the purchase of the business.
This is done by application to the local licence authority.
Change of Designated Premises Supervisor
One of the main requirements of a Premises Licence is to have a Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) in place.
The DPS is the person who is responsible for the day to day operation of the business and supervision of the sale of alcohol.
He or she must hold a Personal Licence and be named on the Premises Licence.
If the current DPS is not leaving the business when you take over, there is no need to do anything. However, if they are leaving, it is imperative that you apply to have your own DPS put in place and added to the licence.
Failure to change the DPS can have serious legal repercussions for your business!
Innpacked can take care of both licence variations on your behalf, ensuring that the change of licence is seamless, allowing you to concentrate on running your new business.
Why not get in touch today, so that we can guide you on your journey to owning that pub, restaurant or shop?