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Interim Authority

A premises licence lapses if the holder of the licence dies, becomes mentally incapable, becomes insolvent or is dissolved. 

In the normal course of events, the licence would lapse however, there may also be some time before, for example the deceased person's estate can be dealt with or an administrative receiver appointed.  This could have a damaging effect on those with interests in the premises, such as an owner, lessor or employees working at the premises.  The Licensing Act 2003 provides special arrangements for the continuation of permissions under a premises licence and this is called an interim authority.

An application for an Interim Authority Notice must be made within 28 days from the date of the death, incapacity or insolvency to enable the premises to continue to trade. The Interim Authority Notice will only stay in existence for a period of three months, after which time it lapses.  A transfer must take place within that three months period to fully reinstate the licence.

Application process

Applicants will be required to complete and produce the following:

  • completed application form (Schedule 7 Regulation 15),
  • relevant fee (£23) 

A copy of the Interim Authority Notice must also be served upon the Police and they have two working days to object.

The applicant must notify the designated premises supervisor (if different from the Premises Licence holder).

Application forms

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. Application form for Interim Authority (pdf 516KB). To download this pdf you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have this on your computer, please use our advice page.

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 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