Examples of community premises include:

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

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

They are likely to be considered as community premises 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

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 holders.

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 will meet 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 phoning Licensing Services on 01634 337 107 or 01634 337 108 or enforcement on 01634 337 112 or 01634 337 106 or by emailing licensing@gravesham.gov.uk.

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