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If you hold a Premises Licence or Club Premises
Certificate, you will be required to pay an annual fee to
the council. This is a requirement set by the Licensing Act
The fee is based on the rateable value of the premises.
The amounts are set by the government and not by Medway
The fee is based on the forthcoming year and not the previous
year and reflects the costs for all council departments for
administration, enforcement and inspection of licensed
|Up to 4,300
|4,300 - £33,000
|33,001 - £87,000
|87,000 - 125,000
|125,001 and above
Payment due date
The fee is payable each year on the anniversary of the date the
licence was initially granted. The fee is payable irrespective of
whether the holder of the current licence intends to close the
business at some point during the coming year or has taken over mid
The onus to pay the fee lies with the premises licence holder.
If you have recently become the premises licence holder, you will
still be required to pay this fee. Councils do not have any
discretion under the Act to waive or reduce the fee.
There is no legal requirement for councils to issue reminders or
produce invoices. Medway Council assists licence holders by sending
out invoices and one reminder.
The invoice is sent from the finance department and
not the licensing unit. If you have queries regarding payment
please contact the licensing unit.
How to make payment
There are a number of ways that you can make payment of your
Failure to pay
Licensing Authorities can suspend licences due to non-payment of
This change has been implemented to save local authorities
thousands of pounds currently spent in recovering unpaid annual
fees through Councils own recovery sections and baliffs.
If the licence holder does not pay the fee within 21 days of the
due date then the Licensing Authorities can suspend the licence and
no licensable activities will be able to take place. Once
payment is received then the suspension can be lifted.
If there is a genuine administrative error made by the council
in relation to the person liable for payment then there will be no
suspension of the licence.
For more information contact Licensing Unit by
telephone: 01634 337107 or 337108 / Enforcement - 01634 337112
or 337106 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Write to: Licensing Unit, Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road,
Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR