Interim Authority Notice

The effect of the Interim Authority Notice is to reinstate the premises licence from the time the notice is received and the person giving the notice becomes the licence holder for a temporary period.

This notice can only be submitted within a 28 day period starting from the day after the date of lapse.

If an Interim Authority Notice isn’t submitted within the 28 days, the licence will permanently lapse, and a new premises application would have to be submitted.

Who can submit the notice?

The notice may be given by a person who has a prescribed interest in the premises concerned or is connected to the former holder of the premises licence.

For the purposes of an Interim Authority Notice a person has a prescribed interest if you:

  • have a legal interest in the premises as freeholder or leaseholder
  • are a limited company, partnership, unincorporated association or other  organisation with a legal interest in the premises as a freeholder or leaseholder
  • are a personal representative for the former premises licence holder (where the former licence holder has died)
  • have power of attorney
  • are the insolvency practitioner for the former premises licence holder

An Interim Authority Notice, if granted, only lasts for a maximum of 3 months. During this time a transfer of Premises licence must be submitted, or the premises licence will lapse permanently.

How do I apply?

You can submit an application using our online form.

What happens next?

Your application will be sent to Kent Police and the Home Office for consultation.

If there is any objection from the Police or the Home Office then we must hold a hearing (unless all parties agree that it is unnecessary).

Should you have any queries you can contact the licensing team by emailing