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New Premises Licence

A premises licence authorises the use of any premises, temporary structure or land for licensable activities.

Application process

To apply for a new premises licence:

If you don't have Word, you may download the new premises licence application form (pdf 1402KB). To download this pdf you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have this on your computer, please use our advice page.

A copy of the application form and accompanying documents must also be given to all of the responsible authorities on the same day as the application is submitted to the Licensing Authority. If you do not send full copies to the Responsible Authorities, any one of them can declare your application to be invalid. 

On submission of your application you must advertise your application.

For what happens after you have submitted your application and advertised your application please see our information about the consultation period.

Application form

An application form can also 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 application.

Please make sure the application is signed correctly:

  • If the application is made by a limited company, partnership or unincorporated association, someone who has the capacity and authority to sign on behalf of the company or partnership.
  • Your Agent may sign providing he or she has actual authority to do so.
  • Where there are two applicants, they both must sign the form.

Please see our further advice on completing the operating schedule that forms part of your application form.

The original application form is sent to the Licensing Authority at the address above this can be by post (recommend recorded delivery) or brought into the Council offices.

Apply online

Apply for a premises licence

Will tacit consent apply?

Tacit consent will apply to the online application.   This means that you will be above to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the council by the end of the 28 day period.


Please note that the information above is not legal advice. Legislation and procedures may change over time and the advice given is based on the information available at the current time. It is not necessarily comprehensive and will be subject to revision in the event of further government guidance and regulations. This advice is not intended to be a definitive guide to or substitute for the relevant law.

The council is happy to provide information but cannot give advice on individual applications. Please seek legal and professional advice.


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