We are currently experiencing a large number of telephone calls into the service with queries.
If you need to contact us, at the moment we would appreciate an email setting out your enquiry. For general licensing matters, the email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you still feel you need to leave a telephone answer message, please note that we will prioritise your call and may not be able to respond to you if your enquiry could be resolved by visiting the website.
Premises which held a 'public entertainment licence' were subject to the 'Standard Conditions for Places of Public Entertainment'.
When these licences were converted to a 'premises licence' under the Licensing Act 2003, the 'Standard Conditions for Places of Public Entertainment' carried forward to the new licence unless a variation was granted to remove them.
If you would like a copy of these conditions, please contact us.
Find out more about:
Any business buying alcohol from a UK wholesaler for onward supply to their customers will need to check that their wholesaler has been approved by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) under the Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme (AWRS). For further information see the HM Revenue and Customs factsheet.
Will there be any Mandatory Conditions attached to my licence?
Yes, If you have the ‘sale’ or ‘supply’ of alcohol on your premises licence or club premises certificate these Mandatory Conditions will be added to your licence.
Yes, If you have ‘an exhibition of a film’ on your premises licence or club premises certificate these Exhibition of films - mandatory conditions will be added to your licence.
When any new mandatory conditions become law, they will apply to your licence and will be enforceable even if they are not actually written on the licence.
Please see the Explanation of mandatory condition introduced on 6 April 2014.
Is there any information/guidance available on planning an event?
All events, including those in aid of charity, must meet recognised safety standards. An event organiser is responsible under the law for the safety of everyone at the event, including the public, employees and volunteers. Information and guidance on planning an event can be found on the Derbyshire Prepared website.
Will I need live music on my premises licence or club premises certificate?
On 1st October 2012 the Licensing Act 2003 was amended by the Live Music Act 2012.
From this date live music is suspended as regulated entertainment if:
- there is a premises licence or club certificate permitting 'on sales'
- the premises are open for the consumption on the premises
- live music is taking place between 08.00 and 23.00
- if the live music is amplified the audience must consist of no more than 500.
Live music includes vocal and instrumental and karaoke singing.
The amendment also creates a general exemption that live unamplified music which takes place between 8am and 11pm, regardless of the size of the audience, shall NOT be classed as the provision of regulated entertainment.
Some specific types of premises or events hosted by certain organisations have other exemptions, these are outlined Exemptions for premises licence and club premises certificates.
What happens if more than 500 people attend a deregulated performance of dance and plays or more than 1000 attend an indoor sporting event?
This would be no longer deregulated activity and would require prior authorisation (for example a premises licence).
If my event includes two deregulated activities with different audience limits which audience limit must I comply with?
You must comply with the audience limits to the specific individual activities.
What happens if I anticipate an audience limit below the level at which I require a licence, but more people attend the event than expected?
An audience in excess of the limit would mean that the performance is a licensable activity. It would be an offence under the Licensing Act 2003 for such an event to continue without an appropriate licence. Where the organiser of an event can foresee that it might attract an audience of more than the prescribed limit and in circumstances where it may be difficult to restrict entry, then the event organiser should consider whether to obtain a licence, or giving a temporary event notice, to avoid breaching licensing laws.
Will local authorities check the numbers attending an event?
It would be up to organisers to determine how to ensure that audience numbers for their event do not exceed the maximum permitted. If an activity is licensable because the number of people in the audience exceeds statutory limits, it will be a criminal offence to carry on that activity without prior authorisation. You may need to apply for a premises licence or obtain a temporary event notice.
Will deregulated events be safe for the public to watch?
Anyone involved in the organisation or provision of entertainment activities - whether or not any such activity is licensable - must comply with any applicable duties that may be imposed by other legislation for example crime and disorder, fire, health and safety, noise, nuisance and planning.
City Pubwatch Scheme
Derby City Pubwatch is a meeting where licence holders and responsible authorities can meet to discuss current topics. Attending Pubwatch is generally voluntary, unless it is a condition on the premises licence.
Derby City Pubwatch online is an initiative that allows licensed premises staff instant access to information of individuals that are banned by Derby City Pubwatch group from entering licensed premises across the area with a key aim of achieving a safe and secure social environment for licensed premises customers and staff.
The coordinator for Derby City Pubwatch is Jason Dickens. Email email@example.com.
How do you review a valid licence review request?
Once a valid request has been received, we must advertise the request by posting notices:
- at the site
- at our offices (our reception).
During the following 28 days, the licence holder, a responsible authority or an interested party may make representations to us regarding the review.
We must hold a hearing to determine what action should be taken.
The possible outcomes are:
- do nothing
- modify the conditions
- exclude a licensable activity
- remove the Designated Premises Supervisor
- suspend the licence for up to three months
- revoke the licence.
If we decide to reject the review application we may issue an informal warning to the licence holder and/or recommend improvement within a particular period of time.
We must notify the licence holder, the applicant for the review, any person or body who made a representation and the Chief Officer of Police of the outcome of the review. The outcome of the review will not begin to take affect until at least 21 days after the decision is notified, to allow for any appeal to be made to the Magistrates' Court.
How do I request a review of a licence or club premises certificate?
A request for a review must be based on the four licensing objectives.
It must be made on the review application form and the applicant must send a copy of the application to the holder of the licence and all the responsible authorities on the same day as the application is sent to us.
Complete the Review of licence form.
Once a premises licence or club premise certificate is in operation, a responsible authority or an interested party may request a review.
The Licensing Team is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy when you use our services. Please view Licensing Team Privacy Notices for further information. Printed copies are available on request.
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