Alcohol & entertainment

Alcohol

Businesses, organisations and individuals who want to sell or supply alcohol in Hart must have a licence or other authorisation from the Council.

The law and policy governing is overseen by the Home Office. Please visit the central government website to find out more about the process or apply for an alcohol licence. From there you can apply online, as we accept electronic applications, or download the forms and post them to us. 

You can view details of licensing applications submitted to the Council. This includes:

  • Public notices
  • Making a comment (register or login first)
  • Viewing historic applications

We are responsible for enforcing many of these licences, along with several other services such as the police and trading standards and failure to follow the law could result in prosecution.

Entertainment

If you are carrying out, or holding an event you may need a licence. The type of licence will depend on if it is a temporary event or, if you are looking for a longer term permission, you may need to apply for a premises licence

How we deal with licensing applications

Our Statement of Licensing Policy provides information on how we deal with applications. We include information about 

Application Forms

Immigration Act 2016

Provisions to prevent illegal working in the alcohol and late night refreshments sectors

From the 6 April 2017, immigration safeguards are being introduced for alcohol and late night refreshment in England and Wales. The Licensing Act 2003 has been amended by Section 36 and Schedule 4 of the Immigration Act 2016 to incorporate these changes.

The new provisions mean that licensing authorities are prohibited from issuing premises and personal licences for the sale of alcohol or provision of late night refreshment to anyone who is illegally present in the UK or not permitted to carry out work in a licensable activity.

For all such applications made on or after 6 April, applicants should submit one of a number of specified copy documents which show that they are in the UK lawfully (if they are resident here) and permitted to carry out work in a licensable activity.

Premises or personal licences granted as a consequence of applications made on or after 6 April will lapse if a licence holder’s permission to be in the UK and work is time-limited, and comes to an end.

From 6 April, Immigration Enforcement, acting on behalf of the Secretary of State, is added to the list of responsible authorities. It will be consulted for any new premises licence applications or variations for the sale of alcohol and late night refreshment. In some limited circumstances, also personal licence applications.

Please see the document below entitled List of acceptable documents to show entitlement to work. You MUST submit an acceptable document with a:

  • new premises licence application
  • full variation application to a premises licence
  • new personal licence application for it to be valid
  • transfer of a premises licence

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