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Licensing Act 2003

Under the Licensing Act 2003 businesses can apply for a single premises licence to cover all the licensable activities they wish to carry on. Hearings on an application will only occur where representations are made from interested parties or responsible authorities.

Fees are applicable for this process. The fee is variable and is based on the non domestic ratable value for the property. This can be researched on:

Applications for a grant of a premises licence or a full variation must advertise their application in a locally circulated newspaper. In addition to this the applicant must display an A4 notice at the premises detailing the application and Gateshead Council must publish details on their website. There is a 28 day consultation period for each application of this type.

At the end of the consultation period if no valid representations are made, the premises licence will be issued.  

From 6 April 2017 applicants must have the legal right to live and work in the UK. When applications are submitted for individuals or partnerships, proof of this right will also need to be included.

Documents which demonstrate entitlement to work in the UK

Please use the following link to access online application forms:

Our public access can be found here:

Alternatively please contact the Licensing Section and the forms can be sent out to you via post or email. 

Statement of Licensing Policy 2016 - 2021 [PDF]
Representations on a Current Application [PDF 63k]
Responsible Authorities List [updated 21/07/2017]
Current Licensing Applications
Application to Review a Premises Licence

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