Apply for a premises licence

A premises licence is a permanent licence granted in respect of a specific location. It authorises the licence holder to carry on a combination of licensable activities.

The licensable activities that a premises licence can authorise are:

  • the sale by retail of alcohol
  • the supply of alcohol by a club to club members and guests
  • the provision of regulated entertainment, including plays, films, indoor sports, music and dancing
  • the provision of entertainment facilities
  • the sale of late-night refreshments (hot food or drink supplied between 11.00pm and 5.00am).

Premises licences can also be used for one-off events at which more than 500 people are expected to attend. For smaller one-off events, it may be more appropriate to apply for a temporary event notice.

Licensing objectives

All licensable activities in Lambeth should contribute to and not have a negative impact on our four objectives:

  • preventing crime and disorder
  • public safety
  • preventing public nuisance
  • protecting children from harm.

See the licensing frequently asked questions (FAQs) document for answers you may have about licensing and deregulation changes: