You may apply for a premises licence if you are over 18, either by post or electronically.

Following a valid application being made, there will begin a 28-day consultation process to allow any person to make positive or negative representations about the application relating to the licensing objectives.

If, at the end of this period, there are outstanding negative representations identifying areas where the application may adversely have an impact on the licensing objectives, then within the following 20 working days there will be a hearing of a licensing sub-committee, or Licensing Panel, to determine the matter. All parties that have made representation, and the applicant, may address the Panel to assist them in making their decision.

For the application to be valid it must include the following:

  • completed, signed and dated application form
  • the form showing the signed consent of the Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS)
  • the plans of the premises with the relevant things marked on
  • the correct fee

The application must be served on all of the responsible authorities. Applications for premises licences for vessels must also be served on the appropriate inspector or surveyor of ships, appointed under Section 256 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995. For more information contact

The website provides useful advice to applicants and specific notes on how to fill in the forms.

Postal applications

You can download the following:

The application must be advertised. You can download a template for the advertisement that must be displayed at the premises and in a local newspaper.

The fees payable with the application are set by government; additional fees are payable for large events.

Electronic applications

You can make a new premises licence application to Stratford-on-Avon District Council online at

Making a representation

If you would like to make a representation on a premises licence application that is within the consultation period, you can download a Licensing Act 2003 Representation Form, or alternatively write to the Licensing team at Elizabeth House. Only representations made about the licensing objectives, received within the consultation period, can be considered.

You can also download guidance on making a representation.

Contact: The Licensing team

Last updated on 05/06/2024