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

To apply for a new premises licence, please send us:

Download the new premises licence application form

Apply online for a premises licence

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

You can get an application form by contacting us so we can arrange for an application to be left at reception or sending it in the post. 

We must be able to read the form easily. If areas of the form are left blank or items are not included, the form will be returned as an invalid application.

Please make sure the application is signed correctly. This includes:

  • getting it signed by someone who has the authority to sign on behalf of the company or partnership (if the application is made by a limited company, partnership or unincorporated association)
  • getting your own agent to sign if they have the authority
  • getting both applicants to sign if you're applying with someone else

Get further advice on completing the operating schedule that forms part of your application form.

Please send the original application form to the Licensing Authority by bringing it into our council offices at Gun Wharf or send it by post (recommended recorded delivery) to the address below.

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

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.

Further information

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.


For more information contact Licensing Services on 01634 337 107 or 01634 337 108 or contact Enforcement on 01634 337 112 or 01634 337 106 or by emailing licensing@medway.gov.uk

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