London Borough of Croydon

Licence summary

Premises selling or supplying alcohol, providing entertainment or providing hot food must have a premises licence.

In addition, if the premises will be selling food or drink then you must complete the food business registration form and return it to the food team at least 28 days before the business opens to the public. For more details and the form go to the food premises registration web page.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must be 18 or older.

Legislation summary

Licensing Act 2003.

Licensing policy

The revised licensing policy is available as a download at the bottom of this page.

Live Music Act 2012

This Act affects only premises licensed for 'live music'.

See the guidance note at the bottom of the page for more information on how this may affect premises with existing premises licences.

Provisional statement

If you wish to apply for a provisional statement whilst a premises is under construction please download the 'provisional statement application form' below and once completed return it, with the appropriate documents, to the licensing team at the address below.

How to apply for a new license

If you are applying for a new licence and would like to apply online, please use the premises licence form. A fee is payable with the application which is based upon the rateable value of the premises. View the list of fees.

A notice of the application must be placed in the window of the premises and also in the local newspaper. Click on the downloads below for specimen notices.

If you prefer to apply by post please download all the documents below with the prefix 'new application' and once completed send the form and other relevant documents to the licensing team at the address below together with a cheque for the relevant fee and a plan of the premises. Cheques should be made payable to Croydon Council.

Application evaluation process

Once your application is received you may receive a visit from a licensing officer. If representations are received from a responsible authority or interested parties within the 28 day consultation period a hearing will be arranged within 56 days from the date the application is made.

Will tacit consent apply?

Yes, after the 28 day consultation period has expired if no representations have been received the licence is granted as applied for. The licence will be issued shortly after.

Once the licence is granted it is valid indefinitely but is subject to an annual fee which is due on the date of the licence grant.

Annual fee

The annual fee is payable on the anniversary of the grant of the licence. You can pay your annual fee online.

Alternatively payment can now be made over the telephone by credit or debit card. If you want to use this facility, telephone 020 8760 5466.

How to make an objection to an application

Representations against an application for a new premises licence or a variation of an existing licence may be made by 'interested parties' these include local residents or businesses who may be affected by the activities of the premises.

The representation must be by letter or email to the licensing team below within 28 days of the submission of the application. Details of current applications being processed.

Your representation must relate to one of the four following licensing objectives:

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

Variation of a premises licence

If you wish to vary the hours or types of the licensable activities or are making big structural changes to the licensed premises then a variation will be required. If you wish to apply online use the premises licence (vary) form).

If you prefer to apply by post download all the documents below with the prefix 'variation'. Once completed send the form and other relevant documents to the licensing team at the address. Include a cheque for the relevant fee and a plan of the premises. Cheques should be made payable to Croydon Council.

Minor variation

If you are making minor alterations only to the internal layout of the premises or wish to remove any conditions from the licence then a minor variation should be submitted.

If you wish to apply online use the premises licence (minor variation) form.

If you prefer to apply by post please download all the documents below with the prefix 'minor variation'. Once completed send the form and other relevant documents to the licensing team at the address below together with a cheque for the relevant fee. Cheques should be made payable to Croydon Council.

Minor amendments to Licences/Permits

Occasionally there may be the need to change minor details within your Licence.  For example a licence holder may have changed their address or their telephone number and want their premises licence updated, or perhaps the Designated Premises Supervisor may have changed their address.  To make these minor changes:

 

  • The licence holder will need to return the original document (or provide an explanation of what happened to it)
  • Mark on the licence or explain the change(s) required within the licence
  • Sign and date the letter.  If the licence holder is a company, the signatory will need to print their name and indicate in what capacity they have signed.
  • There is an administrative payment of £10.50 payable.  You can send a cheque payable to Croydon Council or once we have received your letter, pay over the telephone by debit or credit card.

Transfer of a licence

If you take over ownership of a currently licenced business you must submit a transfer application.

If you wish to apply online please complete the premises licence (consent to transfer) form, and the application to transfer form.

If you prefer to apply by post download all the documents below with the prefix 'transfer'. Once completed send the form and other relevant documents to the licensing team at the address below together with a cheque for the relevant fee and a plan of the premises. Cheques should be made payable to Croydon Council.

Interim authority notice

Where a licence lapses, in certain circumstances interested parties may (within twenty eight days of the licence lapsing) give to the council (as the licensing authority) an interim authority notice. This will reinstate the licence for a prescribed period. Contact the licensing authority for more detail or visit the DCMS website.

Download the 'interim authority notice' below and once completed send the form to the licensing team at the address below.

Variation of designated premises supervisor

If the DPS at the premises changes you must submit a DPS variation form.

If you wish to apply online use the premises licence (vary to specify an individual as designated premises supervisor) form.

If you prefer to apply by post please download all the documents below with the prefix 'DPS' and, once completed, send the form and other relevant documents to the licensing team at the address below together with a cheque for the relevant fee and a plan of the premises. Cheques should be made payable to Croydon Council.

Lost or stolen premises licences

If your premises licence has been lost or stolen you should firstly report this to your local police station who will provide you with a crime reference number. Visit the Metropolitan Police for more information.

You should then write to the licensing team at the address below explaining what has happened and quoting the crime reference number you have been given, together with the fee of £10.50. A replacement licence can then be sent to you.

Review of an existing premises licence

A review of a current licence may be made by 'interested parties'; these include local residents or businesses who may be affected by the activities of the premises.

Your application for the review must relate to one of the four following licensing objectives:

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

If you wish to apply for a review of a licence download all the documents below with the prefix 'review'. Once completed, send the form to the licensing team at the address below.

The person or body requesting the review must notify the holder of the premises licence and each "responsible authority" of their request, by sending them a copy of the application, together with any accompanying documents, on the same day as the application is given to the licensing authority.

Please download the document 'new application - list of the responsible authorities'. Details of the licence holder can be obtained from the licensing team.

Failed application redress

If an application for a licence is refused the failed applicant can appeal.

Appeals are made to Croydon Magistrates Court, Barclay Road, Croydon CR9 3NG, within 21 days of notice of the decision.

Licence holder redress

A licence holder may appeal against any conditions attached to a licence.

Appeals are made to Croydon Magistrates Court, Barclay Road, Croydon CR9 3NG, within 21 days of notice of the decision.

Consumer complaint

We would always advise in the first instance that in the event of a complaint, you make contact with the trader, if you are not satisfied with their response please contact the licensing team on the details below.

Other redress

Please contact the licensing team on the details below.

Trade associations

Contacts

Licensing

Telephone: 
020 8760 5466
Address Line:

Croydon Council, Licensing Team

6th Floor, Zone A

Bernard Weatherill House

8 Mint Walk

Croydon CR0 1EA

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