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Make a change to a Premises Licence

You can make changes to an existing Premises Licence. You can transfer the licence to a new owner or change the Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS).

Transferring a Premises Licence

If you've purchased a business which already has a licence, you must apply to transfer that licence to yourself or your company in order to benefit from that licence.

You may also need to nominate a new Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) if the licence permits the sale of alcohol.

Who can apply to transfer a Premises Licence?

The new owner must complete the application form to transfer the licence.

However, the existing licence holder must complete a consent form for you to include in your application.

How do I apply to transfer a premises licence?

To apply to transfer a Premises Licence:

  1. Complete the Premises Licence transfer application form below.
  2. You'll also need the following along with your completed application form:
    • A completed consent to transfer from completed by the original licence holder or an explanation included on the application form as to why consent can't be provided. Consent to transfer form (80kb pdf)
    • The original Premises Licence or explanation as to why the original licence can't be returned.
    • Proof of your right to work. What you can use as proof is detailed on the transfer application form.
    • The transfer fee of £23.00 included as a cheque to us. Or you can pay by credit or debit over the phone or in person using the details on this page
  3. Send your completed form and accompanying documents to:
    • Us (Rochdale Borough Council) using the details on this page.
    • GM Police at rochdale.partnershipteam@gmp.police.uk or Divisional HQ, The Holme, The Esplanade, Rochdale OL16 1AG.  
    • Home Office Immigration by email only if the licence being transferred allows the sale of alcohol or late night refreshments. alcohol@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk
  4. The police, and if applicable the Home Office Immigration team, have 14 days from receiving your application to comment or object to your application to transfer the licence.
    • If we don't receive any objections, your licence will be transferred with immediate effect unless you requested a specific transfer date on your application.
    • If we do receive an objection, we'll notify you of the comments and arrange a hearing to consider the objections.
Premises Licence transfer application form (357kb pdf)

Changing a Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS)

Any premises which are licensed to sell alcohol can only sell alcohol when there's a Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) who is named on your Premises Licence. This person must hold a valid Personal Licence.

If your Designated Premises Supervisor stops working at your premises or no longer holds a valid Personal Licence, you must nominate a new DPS.

Who can apply to change a Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS)?

The Premises Licence holder must complete the application form to change the DPS.

However, the new Designated Premises Supervisor will need to complete a consent form for you to include with your application.

How do I apply to change a Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS)?

To apply to change the DPS listed on your Premises Licence:

  1. Complete the change of DPS application form below.
  2. You'll also need the following along with your completed application form:
    • A completed DPS consent form completed by the new Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS). DPS consent form (91kb pdf)
    • The original Premises Licence or an explanation as to why the original licence can't be returned.
    • The change of DPS fee of £23 as a cheque. Alternatively you can pay by credit or debit over the phone or in person using the details on this page
  3. Send your completed form to us (Rochdale Borough Council) using the details on this page and GM Police at rochdale.partnershipteam@gmp.police.uk or Divisional HQ, The Holme, The Esplanade, Rochdale OL16 1AG.
  4. The police have 14 days from receiving your application to comment or object to your application:
    • If we don't receive any objections, the change of DPS will take place with immediate effect, unless you requested a specific date on your application.
    • If we do receive an objection, we'll notify you of the comments and arrange a hearing to consider the objections.
Change of DPS application form (219kb pdf)

Appeal a change of Premises Licence decision

If your application is unsuccessful, please contact us in the first instance using the contact details provided on this page.

If you disagree with our decision, your appeal must be made to the local magistrates' court within 21 days.

Contact

Licensing Unit
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU