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Transfer of Premises Licence holder
If the premises is sold or leased to a new owner, they must
apply for a premises licence to be transferred to them
Any person (aged 18 years or over) or business can apply as long
as they have interest in the premises. There is an application
process that must be completed before you are authorised to hold
licensable activities under the premises licence issued for that
A transfer of the licence only changes the identity of the
premises licence holder of the premises licence and does not alter
the licence in any other way.
Gaming Machines (Have you got machines on the premises?)
If at any time you change the premises licence holder at the
premises you will also need to apply for a permit for the
gaming machines. Depending on the number of machines you wish
to offer will depend on two procedures.
If the previous owners have already applied and have got a
licensed premises gaming machine permit you will need to put in for
a transfer of that permit.
If the previous owners had a notification of two or less
machines then you will still need to re-apply for a new
notification (as these are one-off relevant to the the premises
licence holder only).
To apply to transfer the premises licence holder you must
complete the following:
Download the application form
to transfer (pdf 472KB). To use it, you will need Adobe
Acrobat Reader. If you do not have this on your computer, please
use our advice page.
You will also be required to submit a copy of your application
The Licensing Officer
Medway Police Station
Kent ME7 1NE.
Once the Licensing Unit has accepted the application as
complete, you will be allowed to continue with the licensable
activities immediately, as set out in the licence.
Transfer of Premises Licence application form.
An application form can be obtained from the council by
contacting the licensing team who can arrange for an application to
be left at reception or by sending the application in the
post. Council staff must be able to read the form
easily. If areas of the form are left blank or items omitted,
the form will be returned to the applicant as an invalid
The new premises licence holder must complete the
application form to change the premises licence holder.
The current premises licence holder stated on the
premises licence must complete the consent form to transfer
the licence to the new premises licence holder. If the
current premises licence holder has more than one person named
on the licence, the council will need all named individuals'
signatures. If it is in relation to a company, a director or person
with an appropriate level of authority can sign on behalf of the
Apply to transfer your premises licence.
Will tacit consent apply
Tacit consent will apply to this online application. This means
that you will be able to act as though your application is granted
if you have not heard from the council.
Problems obtaining consent
You may find that, in some cases, the previous licence holder
will refuse to sign the consent form or they cannot be found. The
following procedure must be followed:
- The new applicant must send a letter and consent form to the
last known address (even if that is the licensed premises) of the
premises licence holders and/or their agent, asking them to
complete the form and advise them that, should they not send the
form within seven days or contact the Licensing Unit, the council,
as the licensing authority, has the right to grant the transfer
without the need for the consent form.
- You will need to provide the council with a copy of your letter
and provide proof of postage (for example, a recorded delivery
There is no provision made in legislation for a failure to
obtain consent to constitute a criminal offence. The Act states
that consent is not required if:
- the new applicant already holds an interim authority or
- the applicant has taken all reasonable steps to obtain consent
and is in a position to use the premises immediately for the
licensable activities authorised by the licence.
In exceptional circumstances, the police can object to the
transfer if they feel it undermines the crime prevention objective.
Such objections are rare and arise because the police have evidence
that the business or individuals seeking to hold the licence are
involved in crime or disorder.
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