Licensing Act

The following premises may need licences:

  • pubs and nightclubs
  • indoor sporting events
  • off-licences
  • restaurants that serve alcohol
  • businesses offering hot food between 11 pm and 5 am (with certain exceptions)
  • hotels, guest houses and other places that sell alcohol
  • private members' clubs and social clubs
  • theatres and amateur dramatic groups
  • cinemas
  • organisers of occasional entertainments.

Personal licences allow the person named to sell or supply alcohol in accordance with a premises licence. Personal licences are 'portable'.

Click here to apply for a personal licence.

Click here for the full list of accredited personal licence qualification providers.

Click here to apply to change your personal licence (change of name, address, lost or stolen) click here.

There is no need to renew your personal licence.


Premises licences allow the holder to use specified premises to sell and supply of alcohol, provide regulated entertainment and late night refreshment. It has no expiry date.

A ‘designated premises supervisor’ must be named in the licence (where the sale and supply of alcohol is concerned). This is the person responsible for the supervision of the licensed premises. The designated premises supervisor must also hold a personal licence.

Click here to search the public register.

You can apply on-line for Change of DPS now. Click here for the DPS Consent Form complete and save it locally. Click here for GOV.UK website where you can complete the electronic form and pay by credit card.


Club premises certificates give qualifying clubs permission to use their premises for qualifying club activities, such as supplying or selling alcohol to a club member or their guest to drink on the premises, or providing regulated entertainment for club members and guests. It has no expiry date.   


Temporary event notices allow premises to be used for licensed activities on a one-off basis. You must submit your form a minimum of 12 working days before your event.

To view the temporary event notice form click here

Licensing Act Policy 2014-2019 click here to view

Tel: 01782 232774
Email: hcp.licensing@stoke.gov.uk

Appointments available:

Monday 9am until 4.45pm
Tuesday 9am until 4.45pm
Wednesday 9am until 4.45pm
Thursday 9am until 4.45pm
Friday 9am until 4.15pm
Saturday - CLOSED
Sunday - CLOSED

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