Transfer of premises licence

If you wish to take over a premises licence either as an individual or company, you must first get consent from the existing licence holder to prove that they agree to the transfer. If you can’t get consent, you must provide a valid reason and proof as to why. Details of valid reasons are listed on back of the consent form.

If you’re applying as an individual, you must also provide proof that you have the right to work in the UK and are not subject to a condition preventing you from doing work relating to the licensable activity – this is applicable to all individual applicants, including those born in the UK. If you do not submit your proof document, we cannot process your application.

The application fee to transfer a premises licence is £23.

How to apply

Online

  • You will be prompted to upload a scanned copy or clear photograph of your completed consent form (or reasons why you haven’t been able to get consent).
  • If applying as an individual, you will be prompted to upload a scanned copy or clear photograph of proof of your right to work document, so please have this ready.
  • On submit, your application will automatically be sent to the Licensing Authority, Merseyside Police and Home Office Immigration Enforcement.
  • On submit, you will be directed to our payment portal to make your payment.

Apply and pay online

By post

  • Download and complete the application and consent form.
  • If applying as an individual, you will need to include a photocopy of proof of your right to work documentation – do not send originals.
  • You must then send a copy of your application, consent form (or reasons why you haven't been able to get consent) and, if applicable, proof document, to the Licensing Authority, Merseyside Police and Home Office Immigration. You will find each address on page 7 of the application form.
  • You can pay the transfer fee online via the link below - just select 'Licensing Act - Premises Transfer' from the dropdown. You can also pay over the phone by calling 233 3015.

Pay online

Application approval

If we receive a relevant representation within 14 days, there will be a hearing to determine the outcome of your application. We would contact you directly in this case.

If we don’t receive any representations your application is automatically approved and the transfer will take effect from the date you have specified in your application and we will send you a revised premises licence and licence summary.