A premises licence is a permanent licence, granted for a specific location and authorising the licence-holder to carry out various licensable activities.

The premises licence authorises the licence-holder to carry out a combination of these licensable activities:

  • selling alcohol by retail of alcohol
  • supplying alcohol by a club to club members and guests
  • providing regulated entertainment (including plays, films, indoor sports, music and dancing);
  • providing entertainment facilities
  • selling late night refreshment (hot food or drink supplied between 11pm and 5am)

Do it online (external site)

This action is completed on another site (www.gov.uk). Press the button to go to the start of the process.

Costs for this service

Premises licence application fees are dependent upon the non-domestic rateable value of the premises. This value, which is also used to calculate business rates, can be found through the VOA search engine.

Premises that do not have a rateable value (such as schools, church halls, open spaces or residential properties) automatically fall into the lowest fee band.

Payment options

If you complete your application online, you will be directed to the online payment portal.

If you complete a paper application you have these payment options:

Most major cards are accepted, there is a surcharge of 1.65% for credit cards. When you are on the payment portal, choose 'premises licensing' on the left. You will need to attach a payment receipt to your application and submit your documents to the Lambeth Licensing department. We will not accept applications without this proof of payment.

Kiosk payments can be made by cash, cheque, credit card or debit card.

What you need to know...

All applications must be advertised, in order to allow local residents and businesses to review your proposals and make representation if they wish. There are two ways in which you must advertise your Premises licence notice:

  • You must display a statutory notice at your premises for 28 consecutive days starting on the day after you submitted your application. This notice must be printed on blue paper, and be displayed so that it can be conveniently read from outside the premises at all times.
  • You must also publish a public notice in a locally available newspaper, on one occasion, within 10 working days of submitting your application.

Failure to advertise your application in accordance with the legal requirements will invalidate your application, and could mean that you have to start the entire application process again.

The special policy on cumulative impact, means that applications for licences within the defined area will normally be refused unless the applicant can demonstrate within their operation schedule and to our satisfaction that there will be no negative cumulative impact on the licensing objectives.

More information about premises licenses, cumulative impact, along with forms to apply to change and transfer premises licences, is in the Premises licenses - guide page.

You must also register your premises with the Lambeth food, health and safety team (this is free of charge). Please complete the registration of a food business establishment form

Next Steps

When you have submitted your application please send an email to the Licensing Police at Licensing-LX@met.police.uk, providing the following information:

  • Full name:
  • Date of birth:
  • Place of birth:
  • Name of premises:
  • Type of application submitted: