Our licensing policy sets out the principles to be applied when considering applications under the Licensing Act 2003.

The licensing policy 2016 - 2021

You can download a copy of the Icon for pdf licensing policy 2016 - 2021 [178.58KB].

Statement of Licensing Policy

Our Statement of Licensing Policy sets out a general approach to making licensing decisions. 

Each application will be considered on its own individual merits.

The discretion of the licensing authority in relation to applications is only used if relevant representations are made.

The policy came into effect on 7 January 2016 and will remain in force for a period of not more than five years.

What does the policy cover?

The policy covers regulating licensable activities on licensed premises, by qualifying clubs and at temporary events.

Nothing in this policy will prevent a person applying for a variety of permissions under the Act.

The policy covers the following licensable activities:

  • Retail sales of alcohol
  • Supply of alcohol by or on behalf of a club
  • Provision of regulated entertainment
  • Provision of late night refreshment (hot food and drink anytime between 11pm and 5am for consumption on or off the premises).

Why do you license these activities?

The policy has been prepared in accordance with the provisions of the Licensing Act 2003 and the guidance issued by the Secretary of State.

We must carry out our licensing role with a view to promoting the four licensing objectives which are:

  • The prevention of crime and disorder;
  • public safety;
  • the prevention of public nuisance; and
  • the protection of children from harm.

These licensing objectives are the only matters that can be taken into account in determining applications and any conditions to be attached to premises licences or club premises certificates will be appropriate to promote the licensing objectives.

Each licensing objective has equal importance.


Personal licence - this is granted to individuals and allows them to sell alcohol to the public.

Premises licence - authorises a premises to be used for licensable activities.

It acts as a single umbrella licence, covering this whole group of activities. It is valid for an unlimited time, subject to surrender, variation, revocation, lapse or suspension, but can be requested for a limited period.

Club premises certificate - where premises meet the requirements of a 'qualifying' club, a certificate can be used to authorise licensable activities.

Variation of premises licence - for when an existing premises licence holder wishes to make changes to the premises licence.

Temporary event notices (TEN) - TENs allow licensable activities to take place during a period of no more than 168 hours, where there are no more than 499 people present.

List of responsible authorities - Appendix B 

When making an application to transfer a premises licence, only the authorities listed below need to be informed.


Licensing Unit, Lancashire Constabulary, Preston Divisional Headquarters, Lancaster Road Noth, Preston, PR1 2SA

Telephone - 01772 209794 extension 5

Email - CentralLicensing@lancashire.pnn.police.uk 

Licensing Unit website

Fire and Rescue

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, Preston Fire Safety Department, Blackpool Road, Preston, PR1 6US

Telephone - 01772 556506

Email - prestonfiresafety@lancsfirerescue.org.uk

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service website


The Planning Authority, Town Hall, Lancaster Road, PR1 2RL

Telephone - 01772 906580

Email - PlanningDept@preston.gov.uk 

Environmental Health

Environmental Protection, Town Hall, Lancaster Road, PR1 2RL

Telephone - 01772 906151

Email - EHsupportteam@preston.gov.uk 

Protection of Children

Lancashire Safeguarding Children's Board East Cliff County Offices, East Cliff, PO Box 162, Preston, PR1 3EA

Telephone - 01772 530283

Email - children.cypsafeguarding@lancashire.gov.uk 

Lancashire County Council website

Trading Standards 

Lancashire County Council, Trading Standards, Licensing Act 2003, Room D21 County Hall, Pitt Street, Preston, PR1 8XB.

Telephone - 01772 534373

Email - intelligence.management@lancashire.gov.uk

Lancashire County Council - Trading Standards website

Public Health

Director of Public Health, Lancashire County Council Licensing, Level 1, Christ Church Precinct, County Hall, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 8XB

Email - PHLicensing@lancashire.gov.uk 

Lancashire County Council - Public Health website

Health and Safety at Work

Environmental Protection, Environmental Health, Town Hall, Lancaster Road, Preston, PR1 2RL

Or for public buildings, educational establishments, hospitals and factories then:

Health & Safety Executive, Licensing Applications, Redgrave Court, Merton Road Bootle, Merseyside, L20 7HS

Telephone - 0300 003 1647 

Health and Safety Executive website

Contact Licensing Service - Appendix C 

Address - Preston City Council, Town Hall, Lancaster Road, Preston, PR1 2RL.

Telephone - 01772 906911

Email - licensing@preston.gov.uk