Licensing Act 2003

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2. What licence will I need?

The licence you will need depends on the type of business or event you want to run:

Temporary event notice

A temporary event notice can be used to authorise licensable activities at an event that's for 499 people or less and lasts for no longer than 7 consecutive days.

Please be aware that there are limits to the number of temporary event notices that can be applied for by one person and for a single premises in any year.  

Please contact us if you're not sure if your event can be carried out on a temporary event notice.

Please go to our pages on temporary event notices for more information and to apply.

Premises licence

To carry out any of the licensable activities on a permanent basis you'll need to apply for a premises licence (unless you're a qualifying club).

For example, you'll need a premises licence to run a pub, hotel, restaurant or late night takeaway.

If you want to hold a premises licence that authorises the sale of alcohol at the premises then you'll need to name a designated premises supervisor (DPS).  This person must hold a personal licence and will be responsible for authorising the alcohol sales.

Community premises may apply to remove the requirement to have a DPS. Please telephone us on 01392 265702 or email licensing.team@exeter.gov.uk to discuss this.

Club premises certificate

If you want to carry out licensable activities at a club premises you'll need to apply for either a premises licence or a club premises certificate.

Only qualifying clubs can apply for a club premises certificate and this can only be used to provide licensable activities for club members and their guests.  

Club premises don't have to have a designated premises supervisor.

Please go to our pages on club premises certificates for more information and to apply.