A premises licence allows a premises to be used for one or more "licensable activities".

The Licensing Act 2003 says that the following are licensable activities:

  • The sale by retail of alcohol
  • The provision of regulated entertainment
  • The provision of late night refreshment

More information on premises licences can be viewed on the GOV.UK website.

Applying for a premises licence

Detailed guidance notes on how to apply for a premises licence have been written by the Home Office and can be downloaded here:

Home Office Guidance - Application for a premises licence

Individuals applying for the grant of a premises licence have to submit documentation with their application to demonstrate they have permission to be in the UK, and are entitled to undertake work relating to the carrying on of a licensable activity. Applicants may provide clear photocopies or scanned copies of documents, and do not need to be endorsed as a copy of the original. Applicants should not submit original documents.

View the List of acceptable documents to show entitlement to work

To help make your application process run more smoothly, Worcestershire Regulatory Services now offer a pre-application assistance service

Apply online

You can apply online for the grant of a premises licence via the GOV.UK website.

Apply by post

To apply by post:

  • download an application form for a NEW premises licence to be granted.
  • complete the form and send your application to us at: Licensing, Malvern Hills District Council, The Council House, Avenue Road, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR14 3AF
  • copies of your application will also need to be sent to all of the responsible authorities, whose contact details can be found in our Responsible Authorities List


Sales of Alcohol

If you want permission to use the premises for the sale of alcohol, you will need to name in the application a person who will act as designated premises supervisor (DPS). This person must agree to being nominated as the DPS by completing a DPS Consent Form.

Display of Public Notice

You should download a Public Notice Template for the public notice that needs to be displayed at the premises and published in a local newspaper, circular or similar document. Please note that the notice displayed at the relevant premises must be printed on light blue paper.



A table of the fees that must be paid for applications made under the Licensing Act 2003 can found on our Licensing Fees and Charges page.

You can find out the non-domestic rateable value of the relevant premises by visiting the Valuation Office Agency website.

Will tacit consent apply?

Yes. After the 28 day consultation period has expired, if no representations have been received from responsible authorities or other persons, then the licence is granted as applied for. We will issue the licence shortly after.

If there is a representation from a responsible authority other person then this will cause the application to be considered by the Licensing Sub-Committee. A hearing will be arranged within 56 days from the date the application is made.