Premises Licence

Last updated on: 09-Dec-2021

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As part of our shared licensing service, you can now submit a Premises Licence Application to Gravesham Borough Council or Medway Council using our online form

A Premises Licence authorises a premises to be used for one or more licensable activities.

It is illegal to carry out a licensable activity without a Premises Licence, unless the planned event qualifies as a Temporary Event or it is a qualifying club activity authorised by a Club Premises Certificate.

How much does it cost?

Fees are based on the rateable value of the property where the licence will be applied. If you need to find your property's rateable value, please visit the Valuation Office Agency website.

Fees relating to rateable value.
Rateable Value Band Fees Annual Fee
No rateable value to £4300 A £100 £70
£4301 to £33,000 B £190 £180
£33,001 to £87,000 C £315 £295
£87,001 to £125,000 D £450 £320
£125,001 and above E £635 £350

A multiplier is applied to premises in Bands D and E where they are exclusively or primarily in the business of selling alcohol (mainly large town centre and city centre pubs)

Fees for bands D and E.
Band D(x2) E(x3)
City / town centre pub application fee £900 £1,905
City / town centre pub annual charge £640 £1,050

Church, chapel, village, parish and community halls

No fee or annual charge is payable by church halls, chapel halls, village halls, parish halls and community halls or other premises of a similar nature for a premises licence authorising the provision of regulated entertainment only. The costs associated with these licences will be met by Central Government.

Schools and colleges

No annual fee or annual charge is payable by a school providing education for pupils up to year 13 (or a sixth form college) for a premises licence authorising the provision of regulated entertainment only. The regulated entertainment must be carried out by the educational establishment at the premises for the purposes of the educational establishment. Again the costs of these licences will be met by Central Government.

Annual fee

A fee is due annually. It is very important that you are aware that the licensing legislation means that should you fail to pay the retainer fee within a set time limit your Premises licence will be suspended until such times as payment is received. This would mean that you would not be able to carry out any licensable activities i.e: sell alcohol, provide regulated entertainment or supply late night refreshment.

Guidance and Policy

Before submitting your application, please read through the Guidance Notes and policy, so you are familiar with what is required.

Policy for Gravesham applicants

Policy for Medway applicants

Licensing objectives

The operating schedule must take steps to promote the four licensing objectives:

  • Prevention of crime and disorder
  • Public safety
  • Prevention of public nuisance (see guidance notes)
  • Protection of children from harm


You can apply using our online form below. It takes about 15 minutes to complete. At the end of the form we'll ask you to pay by credit or debit card, so please have your card details to hand.

We'll ask you for:

  • your personal details
  • the premises details
  • a plan of the premises
  • the operating schedule, and times and details of licensable activities
  • proof of the applicants' right to live and work in the UK (view ways of providing proof). This does not affect limited companies.
  • If you intend to supply alcohol on the premises then we'll ask you to upload a completed copy of the Consent of individual to being specified as Designated Premises Supervisor form. All Premises Licence that authorises the sale of alcohol must specify a Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS). The DPS must be a Personal Licence holder.

What happens next?

Following your application, and once it has been deemed complete, you'll be required to:

  1. Advertise your application in accordance with the regulations (see guide above)
  2. If you have submitted your application using our online form, we will send it out to all the responsible authorities. If you have submitted a paper application then you will need to submit copies of the application to all responsible authorities relevant to the council you’ve applied to: Please see the Gravesham Responsible Authorities, or the Medway Responsible Authorities.

Applications are subject to objection by any of the responsible authorities or to representation by local residents and businesses. Any such objection or representation must be based on one of the four Licensing objectives:

Unless such objections are withdrawn, for example, following mediation, then we will hold a hearing to determine the application

If your application is refused you have the right to appeal to the Magistrates' Court within 21 days from the date you were notified of the decision.

If your application is successful

Applicants are reminded that the measures put forward in the Operating Schedule will become enforceable conditions.

Once the Premises Licence is granted the Premises Licence holder should ensure that the conditions on the licence are implemented as soon as possible.

Pro-active visits will be carried out to all premises during the year. Non compliance of the conditions on the Premises Licence will lead to action being taken against the Premises Licence holder which could involve either a review of the Licence and/or prosecution.

It is therefore of utmost importance that the Designated Premises Supervisor is familiar with the conditions on the Premises Licence.


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