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Change a premises licence or club premises certificate

You can apply to vary a premises licence or club premises certificate including changing the opening hours, licensable activities, conditions attached to the licence:

You can also apply to: 

Types of applications

You will need to submit a variation application. The type of application you submit depends on the changes you want to make.

A premises licence or club premises certificate can be varied in one of two ways:

  • minor variation - changes that will not harm any of the licensing objectives
  • full variation - changes that are likely to harm any of the licensing objectives

The licensing objectives are:

  • the prevention of crime and disorder
  • public safety
  • prevention of a public nuisance
  • protection of children from harm

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What you can apply to change

Minor variations include:

  • small changes to the structure or layout of the premises
  • small adjustments to licensing hours
  • removing out of date, irrelevant or unenforceable conditions
  • adding conditions
  • to add certain licensable activities
  • to reduce the hours for the sale or supply of alcohol or to move the current times (without increasing them) between 7am and 11pm

You can't apply to increase the times for selling or supplying alcohol.

Full variations include:

  • changes to increase the times alcohol can be sold or supplied
  • to add the sale or supply of alcohol as a new licensable activity
  • to sell alcohol between 11pm and 7am
  • large structural changes to the premises that affect the licensable activities
  • to extend the duration of a time limited premises licence

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Apply for a minor variation

You'll need to provide:

  • the £89 application fee
  • the premises licence or club premises certificate
  • a plan of the premises if there is a change in layout or structure

You will also need to advertise your variation. Download the advertising requirements.

Complete the GOV.UK application form and return it to us along with the relevant documents and payment

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We will forward your application to the relevant responsible authorities.

You can also  apply online to North Dorset District CouncilRead the online application guidance.

After you've made an application

There is a period of 10 working days during which the responsible authorities and any other person can make representations about a premises licence application. We will consider representations when deciding whether or not the minor variation should be allowed. If the application is refused there is no right to a hearing but you can resubmit your application as a full variation.

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Apply for a full variation

You'll need to provide:

You will also need to advertise your variation. Download the advertising requirements.

Complete the GOV.UK application form and return it to us along with the relevant documents and payment.

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Copies of your application also need to be sent to the relevant responsible authorities:

You can also apply online to North Dorset District Council. Read the online application guidance.

After you've made an application

There is a 28 day period during which the responsible authorities and any other person can make representations about a new premises licence application

If representations are received, the application process can take longer as a licensing sub-committee might need to be arranged to to hear the application.

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Change the name on a premises licence

By transferring the licence, the new owner will be able to carry out the same licensable activities as the previous owner. 

You'll need to provide:

Complete the GOV.UK application form and return it to us along with the relevant documents and payment

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A copy of your application also need to be sent to the police at:

Licensing Officer, Licensing Department, Poole Police Station, Wimborne Road, Poole, Dorset BH15 2BP

The police have 14 days to comment on the application and can object if they think the application undermines the crime and disorder licensing objective. If the police object the application may be decided by the licensing sub-committee.

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Change the designated premises supervisor (DPS)

You'll need to provide:

Complete the GOV.UK application form and return it to us along with the relevant documents and payment

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A copy of your application also needs to be sent to the police:

Licensing Officer, Licensing Department, Poole Police Station, Wimborne Road, Poole, Dorset BH15 2BP

The police have 14 days to comment on the application and can object if they think the application undermines the crime and disorder licensing objective. If the police object the application may be decided by the licensing sub-committee.

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Payment

Payment can be made by card over the phone, or by sending a cheque. The 28 day representation period starts once payment is received.

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