TV Edwards can provide you with expert advice on all matters relating to a Premises Licence.

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In order to carry on licensable activity on a regular basis, you will need to have in place a Premises Licence. If you are planning a temporary or ‘one off’ event, then it may be that all you need is a Temporary Event Notice (or TEN) to carry out that activity. Alternatively, a time-barred Premises Licence might be appropriate, for example if your audience exceeds 500 people. All will depend on the nature of the event, the activities you are seeking to provide, and the number of people you are expecting to attend.


Licensable activities are:

  • The supply of alcohol for consumption on or off the premises.
  • Late night refreshment (the supply of hot food and drink between 23:00 and 05:00)
  • The performance of plays
  • Films
  • Indoor sporting events
  • Boxing or wrestling entertainments
  • Performances of live music
  • Performances recorded music
  • Performances of dance
  • Anything of a similar nature to Live Music, Recorded Music or Performances of Dance

In most cases, you will need to have a premises licence or a TEN in place in order to carry out any of these activities and failure to do so could result in prosecution.

In some specific circumstances, you can carry out these types of activity without having a licence or a TEN in place. For example, if your audience does not exceed 500 and your performance is between 08:00 and 23.00, then you do not need a licence or a TEN in order to perform a play. However, the rules and the exceptions to those rules are numerous, complex and can be confusing and it is important that you obtain expert advice before embarking on an activity which might need a licence.


Where a Premises Licence authorises the supply of alcohol, the licence will contain a number of mandatory conditions which place legal restrictions on how alcohol is supplied. Licences are also likely to have discretionary conditions contained within an operating schedule if they are considered appropriate for the promotion of the licensing objectives. Additional conditions can also be imposed by the local authority on a licence after a licence Review hearing.

Although licences can be ‘timed barred’ – existing for only a finite amount of time, in most cases the licence persists indefinitely until it is revoked, suspended, or surrendered. In some circumstances, licences can lapse but even then, can be reinstated.

How we can help with Licensing

We are available to provide you with expert, pragmatic advice on all matters relating to Premise Licences.  We can advise on whether you need a licence to carry on the activity you have planned, and if so which type of licence you will need. We can help you to obtain a licence and negotiate its terms.

We can advise you on varying the terms of your current licence – perhaps to introduce new activities or to extend your operating hours.  If your business is facing complaints or opposition of any type, we can advise you on the best course of action to resolve those issues and protect your licence.


Recent Licensing cases

  • Restaurant Hackney Wick – New Premises Licence
  • Café Restaurant Fulham – New Premises Licence
  • Office Bar Chiswick- New Premises Licence
  • Roof-top bar London Bridge – New Premises Licence
  • Event space Spitalfields – New Premises Licence
  • Bar/Restaurant London Fields – New Premises Licence
  • Restaurant Brick Lane – New Premises Licence
  • Alcohol Delivery Service Bow – New Premises Licence
  • Take Away Sheffield – New Premises Licence
  • Take Away Birmingham– New Premises Licence
  • Take away Shoreditch– New Premises Licence
  • Boxing Event Oxford – New Premises Licence
  • Office and Event space Lambeth – New Premises Licence
  • Drive in Cinema Ealing – New Premises Licence
  • Roof Top Bar Brixton – New Premises Licence

Our Licensing Fees

Most straightforward applications can be conducted for an all-inclusive fixed fee. In the case of Reviews, Appeals or more complex matters we are likely to work to an hourly charge out rate after providing you with a detailed estimate of costs. Further details on the costs of our services can be found here. Contact us today for a no obligation estimate of our fees in your case.

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