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Designated Premises Supervisors (DPS) in community premises

Examples of community premises include:

  • church halls
  • chapel halls
  • parish halls
  • community halls
  • village halls

Where it is not clear whether premises are community premises, the matter will be approached on a case-by-case basis, with the main consideration being how the premises are predominantly used.

If they are:

  • genuinely made available for community benefit most of the time
  • accessible by a broad range of people and sectors of the local community
  • providing facilities to benefit the community as a whole

they are likely to be considered to be community premises.

Removal of the DPS

If it is authorised for the sale of alcohol, the management committee of the premises can apply to remove the DPS requirement. This remove the mandatory conditions in relation to a DPS and the personal licence holder(s).

Application to remove the mandatory condition for a DPS

The application to remove the mandatory condition for a DPS form requires the applicants to provide the names of the management committee's key officers to the council as the licensing authority. The council must be satisfied that arrangements for the management of the premises by the committee or board are sufficient to ensure the adequate supervision of the supply of alcohol on the premises.


Existing premises licence holders must pay a fee of £23.


It will take 28 days.


In exceptional circumstances, the police can object to the request on grounds of crime and disorder. The council must then hold a hearing to reach a decision on whether to grant the application.


For more information contact Licensing Unit by telephone: Licensing Services - 01634 337107 or 337108 / Enforcement - 01634 337112 or 337106 or by email: licensing@medway.gov.uk

Write to: Licensing Unit, Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR