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Apply for a premises licence in North Dorset, West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland

You must be 18 or over to apply for a premises licence.

Before you start

You’ll need to provide:

You should read Section 182 Licensing Act Guidance and the Statement of Licensing Policy.

We recommend that you complete the risk assessment form to help you decide what should be entered in your operating schedule of your licence application, to show how you will promote the 4 licensing objectives.

Apply for a licence

If you have not had a licence or permit with the council before, you will need to register. If you are an existing customer, contact us to get an activation key which will allow you to view your past applications and save you re-entering all of your details.

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

Fees and payment

You’ll be charged a fee that’s based on the rateable value of the property.

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

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 no representations are received within this 28 day period, the application is granted with the relevant mandatory conditions and any conditions consistent with your operating schedule.

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.

Displaying your application notice

You must display your ‘application notice’ at or on the premises for 28 days from the day after it was submitted. Download the advertising requirements.

Appealing a decision

If your licence application is refused, you can appeal. Appeals should be made to the Magistrates Court within 21 days of being notified of the Licensing Authority's decision.

You can also appeal against any conditions attached to your premises licence, including a decision to:

  • exclude a licensable activity from the licence
  • exclude a person from being the DPS
  • reject a variation application or a transfer application

Best Bar None - Weymouth and Portland

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, Dorset Police and Pubwatch work together to encourage as many bars, pubs and nightclubs to take part in the Best Bar None scheme, which aims to reduce alcohol-related crime and disorder in towns by building a positive relationship between the licensed trade, police and local authorities.

If you are a bar, pub or nightclub in Weymouth who would like to be a part of Best Bar None contact the Weymouth Licensing Team.

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