Licence summary

To sell alcohol, provide late-night refreshment or provide regulated entertainment, you need a licence from Cheltenham Borough Council under the Licensing Act 2003.

Eligibility criteria

Any of the following may apply for a premises licence:

  • anyone who operates a business on the premises to which the application relates
  • a recognised club
  • a charity
  • a health service body
  • a person who is registered under the Care Standards Act 2000 in relation to an independent hospital
  • a chief police officer of a force in England and Wales
  • anyone discharging a statutory or function under Her Majesty's prerogative
  • a person from an educational institute
  • any other permitted person

Applicants must be 18 years of age or over and be eligible to work or remain in the UK.


View a list of charges associated with the premises licence.

Application evaluation process

Applications must be sent to Cheltenham Borough Council.

Applications must be in a specific format and be accompanied by the required fee, an operating schedule, a plan of the premises and a form of consent from the premises supervisor (for applications where the sale of alcohol will be a licensable activity).

An operating schedule will include details of:

  • the licensable activities
  • the times when the activities will take place
  • any other times when the premises will be open to the public
  • in the case of applicants who wish to have a limited licence, the period the licence is required for
  • information in respect of the premises supervisor
  • whether any alcohol that is to be sold is for consumption on or off the premises or both
  • the steps proposed to be taken to promote the licensing objectives
  • any other required information

Applicants must advertise their application and give notice of the application to any other person or responsible body, for example the local authority, chief police officer or fire and rescue authority.

A hearing must be held if any representations are made in respect of the application. If a hearing is held the licence can be granted or granted subject to additional conditions, licensable activities listed in the application can be excluded or the application can be rejected.

The licensing authority will serve a notice of its decision to the applicant, any person who has made relevant representations and the chief of police.

Applications can also be made to vary or transfer a licence. A hearing may have to take place if representations are made or conditions relating to a transfer are not met.

Other applications that can be made are applications for an interim authority notice following the death, incapacity or insolvency of a licence holder or review applications.