Premises licences are issued by the council under the Licensing Act 2003 for alcohol, entertainment and late night refreshment. Personal licences are issued for the sale of alcohol.
Go to our Apply for a Licence section to download application forms, with advice on how to apply in Eastbourne and where to send your forms, or apply and pay online:
Premises Licences have replaced Justices Licences previously issued under the Licensing Act 1964, for the sale and supply of alcohol. Premises licensed to sell alcohol must have a Designated Premises Supervisor, who must have a Personal Licence.
Other licensable activities include providing late night refreshment (the sale of hot food between 11pm and 5am) and providingregulated entertainment. This section explains the types of entertainment that need a licence.
Premises licences do not have an expiry date, unless granted for a fixed period for a specific reason, but an annual fee is payable to keep your licence current.
You can also apply for a Provisional Licence Statement for premises which are intended to become licensed, but which have not yet been built or converted.
For registered private members' clubs, Club Premises Certificates are required instead of a Premises Licence.
Personal licences are issued to individuals to enable them to sell or supply alcohol from sites with a premises licence.
Personal licences are valid at any licensed premises in England and Wales and last for ten years, unless suspended, revoked or surrendered. A personal licence is not necessary for premises with a club registration certificate, or where a Temporary Event Notice is applied for.
If you live in Eastbourne, you should apply to us - go to Apply for a Licence. If you work at a premises in Eastbourne, but live elsewhere, apply to the district or city council where you live.