Premises and club premises licences

A premises licence is a single licence covering all the licensable activities as detailed on our main Licensing Act 2003 page. The licensable activities cover the sale and supply of alcohol, provision of regulated entertainment and the provision of late night entertainment.

You can decide which activities you wish to apply for, you might want to include activities you don't currently provide, but may wish to in the future.

Applying for a Premises Licence

Apply online

Alternatively complete the application form and post it in. Details of the information you need to include with your application are on the form.

Considering your application

You will need to supply:

  • A plan of the premises
  • A form of consent from the proposed Designated Premises Supervisor 
  • An operating schedule 

You will also need to advertise your application by means of a public notice on the premises and a notice published in a local newspaper.

You must also provide a complete copy of your application to each of the responsible authorities.

Your licence will be granted unless representations from interested parties or responsible authorities are made, in which case your application will be considered at a hearing. 

Interested parties are people or businesses (or their representatives) living or operating within the vicinity of the premises.

Club Premises Certificate

A club premises certificate authorises a members' club to carry out one or more licensable activities, these include:

  • the sale and supply of alcohol to members or guests,
  • provision of regulated entertainment
  • provision of late night refreshment.

The Licensing Act 2003 recognises a difference between commercial premises selling direct to the public and members' clubs such as working men's or sporting clubs. These clubs are generally premises where public access is restricted and alcohol is supplied other than for profit.

A 'qualifying club' is entitled to certain benefits not provided in a premises licence. For example, there is no requirement for any employee or member to hold a personal licence or any requirement to specify a designated premises supervisor. Additionally, there are also more limited rights of entry for the police and other authorised persons, as the premises are considered private and not generally open to the public.

Applying for a licence

Apply online 

Or alternatively complete the application form. Details of the information you need to include with your application are on the form.

Duration of the licence

The licence will remain valid for the lifetime of the business

Altering a licence

Use the application forms listed below to make changes to an existing premises licence:


The fee for the grant of a premises or club licence is the same regardless of how many activities are applied for. 

For information on how to pay your premises licence fees see How to pay Council bills.

Off Licence Accreditation Scheme

The Recognition of Alcohol Responsibility is a voluntary certification scheme which has been designed for Off Licences.  The aim is to demonstrate to customers that you as a business have a social conscience and employ ethical and responsible practices when it comes to the sale of alcohol.

The scheme is voluntary but we are encouraging anyone applying for a new licence for any Off Sales business to participate in the scheme. If you choose to take part, you will be required to complete the assessment form and once this is complete, it will be assessed and you will receive a star rating. 

Your business will receive will receive a certificate and promotional material to display. If you are interested in participating in the scheme please contact

Contact us

Licensing Office

Wakefield Council
Wakefield One
PO Box 700
Burton Street

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10am - 3pm

01924 302919/302906