Premises licences and certificates

A Premises Licence authorises the use of any premises (vehicle, vessel or moveable structure or any place or a part of any premises) to carry out licensable activities. A Premises Certificate authorises registered clubs to carry out licensable activities.

Icon for pdf Statement of Licensing Policy 2021 to 2026 [870.79KB]Details of all licensed premises and clubs in Runnymede can be seen in our public registers Icon for pdf Public register Premises licences [208.27KB]Icon for pdf Public Register Club Premises Certificates [116.78KB] page if you wish to view the complete licence or certificate for an individual premises or club please contact the licensing section.

One single premises licence can cover all licensable activities, however if alcohol is sold or supplied then a Designated Premises Supervisor is also required.

Premises licences and club certificates detail operating hours. A number of mandatory conditions are also placed on every licence or certificate.

Apply for a premises licence or club certificate

The Licensing Act 2003 and subsequent regulations contain a number of specific requirements for new applications and variations. It is recommended that applicants read Licensing Act 2003 Section 182 Guidance

To prevent your application being rejected or delayed please follow our step by step guide and consider all of the guidance before applying. If you are unsure of anything, please feel free to email or call 01932 425711 for further guidance.

Step one

Ensure you are aware of the requirements of the Licensing Act 2003 in regards to plans of premises and advertising applications. Icon for pdf Licensing Act 2003 - plans and advert information [197.46KB]

Step two

Read ourIcon for pdf Statement of Licensing Policy 2021 to 2026 [870.79KB] . This specifically mentions the steps you have to take in regards to the operating schedule and conditions.

Step three

Please read the 'Premises licence guidance for protection of children from harm' provided by Surrey County Council. You should use this information to help you complete the operating schedule, this also applies to club certificates.

Step four

Complete your application form carefully, please you use the guidance notes which are attached to the form to assist you, then answer all the sections and the declaration at the end of the form.

Ensure you have shown how you are proposing to promote the licensing objectives at part 'M'- this is an important part of the form and if not completed adequately can increase the risk of an objection to your application.

Check your application once you have filled it in and make sure it has been fully completed.

Step five

Submit your application and make payment. The quickest and easiest way to do this is to apply online as this allows you to pay by debit or credit card.

As well as submitting the application to the Licensing Authority, the other responsible authorities also must be informed of your application.  If you make the application via the licensing authority will be responsible for making all other responsible authorities aware of the application. If you submit the application as a written form or as an e-mail then it will be your responsibility to inform the other Responsible Authorities. You can save yourself a lot of time and money by submitting via the link.

If you would prefer to print a copy of an application form and sent it to us you can still do this. If you do this please note that your application will not be valid until your payment is received. This can be by cheque cash or by debit/credit card over the phone.

If you are looking to make changes to an existing licence, notify us of your change of details or apply to be a designated premises supervisor, please see our licensing forms page.

Step six

Ensure that you are complying with the regulations Icon for pdf LA2003 - Plans and advert information [197.46KB] around the advertising of your application in a local newspaper and the placing of notices of the prescribed colour at the premises.

To assist you we have produced 2 templates, one for the newspaper advert and one for the notice to be displayed at the premises.

Icon for pdf Blue notice - Premises licence or Club certificate public notice [20.78KB] 

Icon for pdf Public notice newspapers [19.83KB]

Please note that your application will be delayed if this is not carried out in accordance with the regulations.


What happens next?

Once your application is accepted there is a 28 day consultation period during which time anyone can make a representation. Provided no representations are made your licence/certificate will then be granted.

Should there be representations we would move on to hold a hearing unless parties were able to reach a compromise.