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Alcohol and entertainment
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.
If you are supplying or selling alcohol, food and entertainment you will need a licence to comply with the Licensing Act 2003.
Under the Licensing Act 2003 you can apply for:
- premises licences
- club premises certificates
- personal licences (associated with the sale of alcohol)
- temporary event notices (for occasional events involving less than 500 people)
- premises licences and club premises certificates (additional information)
- minor variations to premises licences and club premises certificates
- objecting to licensing conditions and applications
We (Derby City Council) are the licensing authority for issuing these licences. We have a Licensing Policy which explains our licensing.
The Licensing Policy is valid until March 2025.
Under the Licensing Act 2003 you will need a licence for 'licensable activities'. These are to:
- sell or supply of alcohol
- provide entertainment or entertainment facilities - known as 'regulated entertainment'
- sell hot food or drinks between 11pm and 5am - known as 'late night refreshments'.
You need a licence to:
- sell alcohol, including in wholesale quantities to the public
- supply alcohol to members of a club.
Regulated entertainment and entertainment facilities
If carried out in front of an audience, you will need a licence for:
- performance of a play
- exhibition of a film
- indoor Sport
- boxing wrestling fighting sports entertainment or which combines boxing/wrestling with one or mixed martial arts/cagefighting style events (except Olympics-style Greco-Roman and freestyle wrestling)
- live music
- recorded music
- performance of dance
- any similar entertainment to that of live music, recorded music or dance.
There are certain exemptions in regard to some activities, further details can be accessed from Exemptions for premises licence and club premises certificates.
Late night refreshment
You need a licence to provide hot food or hot drink between 11pm and 5am. Premises could include mobile food sellers, such as a burger van.
All application forms relating to the Licensing Act 2003 have been prescribed by central government. The forms are available on the following pages:
- Premises licences
- Club premises certificates
- Personal licences (associated with the sale of alcohol)
- Temporary event notices (for occasional events involving less than 500 people)
- Information relating to both premises licenses and club premises certificates
You will need to complete the relevant application form.
We may use the information provided for the prevention and detection of fraud. We also share this information for auditing purposes.
If posting or handing in the application form(s) (except minor variations) at our reception you are required to also serve a copy of the application, including the accompanying documentation, to the responsible authorities on the same day as the application is given to us. If the application is submitted electronically, we will provide copies to the responsible authorities. We can only accept applications for premises within our local authority area.
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.
The time taken to process an application depends on each individual application. The time period can range from a minimum of one month up to two months, but this could be longer if appeals are made following a committee hearing.
When an application is submitted, a 28 day statutory consultation period will follow. This allows time for local residents, businesses and responsible authorities to give their responses to the application - known as 'representations'. This is done by considering the four licensing objectives.
The Licensing Section has a Guide for Licensing Enforcement that explains the approach we take on the enforcement of licensing legislation and licence conditions. We also carry out inspections to ensure that standards are maintained at licensed premises.
Yes, there is a Cumulative Impact Policy in place in the city. See our Licensing Policy for further details.
Current licence applications:
Previous daily and weekly lists of licence applications:
The Public Register
The Public Register contains information about existing applications, notices and licences. Contact the Licensing Team for any requests about the Public Register.
Safeguarding information for applicants
What are your responsibilities for the safeguarding of children and vulnerable people?
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.
Licensing Office opening times
Monday to Friday 9am to 12.45pm
Apply for a Licence
You can apply for a licence using the Apply for a license form.