You need a premises licence if you want to use a place for:
- selling alcohol
- selling hot food or drink between 11pm and 5am
You may also require a licence if you are putting on regulated entertainment such as live or recorded music, indoor sports events, plays, films or other events.
Our licensing policy shows how we make decisions about applications for licences that involve alcohol, entertainment and late night refreshment. It’s based on the Licensing Act 2003 and is effective from 1 August 2018 for a maximum of 5 years.
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Most premises licences don’t need renewing
You only need to apply for a premises licence once, but you need to pay a fee every year.
If you have a premises licence that has an end date, you need to apply as if it was the first time.
Who can apply for a premises licence?
You need to be 18 years old or above. Individual applicants also need to have the right to work in the UK. Businesses, charities and public service organisations can apply for a premises licence.
Areas where you can get a premises licence
You’re more likely to get a premises licence in some areas in Hackney than in others. See our licensing policy.
- a completed application form which includes your operating schedule
- a scale plan of the premises in the prescribed form
- a signed copy of the designated premises supervisor consent form if you’re planning to sell alcohol
- copies of documents that show that you and the supervisor (if that is someone else) can work in the United Kingdom
- to pay the relevant fee