Events - Licensing Requirements
There are a number of application forms that you will need to completed if you wish to sell alcohol at a public event. This page explains the information required and where to find the application forms.
If you wish to sell alcohol or provide regulated entertainment at your event and the event is likely to attract less than 500 people you will simply need to complete a Temporary Events Notice, which costs £21.00. The form is available to download to the right of this page.
If your event will attract 500 people or more then you will require a full Premises Licence which costs £635.00.
The key forms you will need to complete are:
- The 'Application for a Premises Licence' form (which is the form to be used for any premises or large event)
- The 'Consent of individual to being specified as a Premises Supervisor' form, as any licence that includes the sale of alcohol will need to nominate a single person as the 'Designated Premises Supervisor' (DPS). All sales of alcohol would be the responsibility of this one person.
- The DPS would need to be a 'Personal Licence Holder' which means they have a qualification under the new Licensing Act 2003. They would therefore need to complete the 'Application for a Personal License' form.
- The Personal Licence application must also be accompanied by the 'Convictions Disclosure Form'.
All forms are available at the bottom of this page.
Information Required with each application:
- Fully completed application form, providing the relevant information required for events.
- Fee of £635 (Cheques made payable to Swale Borough Council)
- Plan of the site to be licensed (additional plans may be required at a later stage)
- A copy of the application and supporting information to be sent to each of the Licensing Authorities which include:
- Licensing Department: The Licensing Officer, Swale Borough Council, Swale House, East Street, Sittingbourne, Kent ME10 3HT
- Environmental Services: The Environmental Protection Officer, Swale Borough Council, Swale House, East Street, Sittingbourne, Kent ME10 3HT
- Planning Department: The Planning Technical Assistant, Swale Borough Council, Swale House, East Street, Sittingbourne, Kent ME10 3HT
- Kent Police: The Police Licensing Officer, Sittingbourne Police Station, Central Avenue, Sittingbourne, Kent ME10 4NR
- Kent Fire Safety: The Licensing Officer, Maidstone Group Fire Safety Office, Maidstone Fire Station, Loose Road, Maidstone, Kent ME15 9QB
- Trading Standards: The Licensing Officer, Trading Standards, Kent County Council, 1st Floor Invicta House, County Hall, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1XX
- Child Protection Agency: The Licensing Officer, Child Protection Agency, Brenchley House, County Hall, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1RF
- Fully completed Application form and Disclosure of Convictions Form.
- Fee of £37 (Cheques made payable to Swale Borough Council)
- Licensing Qualification (BIIAB Level 2)
- Criminal Disclosure Form/ CRB Check through Disclosure Scotland.
- Two passport sized photos.
Once the Premises Licence has been granted, it is advised that the 'Designated Premises Supervisor' completes the form called the ' Designated Premises Supervisor Letter of Authorisation'. They would list the name of all the people working behind the bar(s) and then keep a copy of the form behind each bar. This means that each sale of alcohol is authorised by the DPS without them having to be present at all times.
What is 'Regulated Entertainment'?
Under the Licensing Act 2003, Regulated Entertainment is defined as any entertainment that is provided to members of the public, or a section of the public, or with a new of making a profit.
The descriptions of entertainment are as follows:
- Performance of a Play - A performance by way of speech, singing or action. This includes Mime, puppet theatre, theatrical reading etc
- An Exhibition of a Film - The exhibition of any moving picture, not including promotional or educational films or live broadcasts
- An Indoor Sporting Event - Any sporting event which takes place inside a building and the spectators are accommodated inside that building
- Boxing or Wrestling Entertainment - Any contest, exhibition or display of boxing and wrestling
- Performance of Live Music and/or the Playing of Recorded Music - Includes vocal or instrumental music or any combination of the two
- Performance of Dance - Any performance of dance by way of routine or entertainment. This includes majorettes, belly dancers or stage dancers, it does not include people dancing along to music
Useful web pages
Documents to download:
Download the form to confirm that you are the Designated Premises Supervisor.
Download the consent form for a person being specified as a premises supervisor.
Download the form to let us know of any previous convictions.
Download the application form for a personal licence.
Download the form to apply for a premises licence.
Download the application form for a temporary event notice.