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Alcohol and entertainment

The Licensing Act 2003 aims to promote four key objectives to enable more freedom for business operators and customers; while clamping down on crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour.

Licensing pictures

The four key objectives are:

  • The prevention of crime and disorder
  • Public safety
  • The prevention of public nuisance
  • The protection of children from harm

The objectives are met mainly through the introduction of the following types of license, a premises license, club premises certificate, and a personal license. Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council issues these licenses. In addition there are temporary event notices for premises without a license who wish to hold small events.

The Home Office have released Guidance on banning the sale of alcohol below the cost of duty plus VAT

Licence Review
An application has been made for a review of the premises licence for Hatfield Shopping Garden.  Details here.

Licensing Policy
This highlights the duties we have under the Licensing Act 2003 and is reviewed every three years.
pdf icon Licensing Policy [208KB]


You will need to apply for a license if you wish to:

  • Sell or supply alcohol
  • Provide regulated entertainment
  • Sell hot food and drink after 11pm

Fees - Every application is subject to a fee please look at the fee listing before applying for your licence  

pdf icon Fees & Charges 2014/15 [95KB]




Please note that from the 25th April 2012 changes have been implemented to the Temporary Event Notice application process. Please ensure you read the Temporary Event Notice information document before applying.

Temporary Event Notice (TEN) - if you are running an occasional event that includes any of the above you will need a temporary event notice

Please read before applying
pdf icon Temporary Event Notice Information [52KB]
Application forms
pdf icon Temporary Event Notice application form [186KB]
Apply online
Temporary Event Notice



Personal Licence - if you wish to be a designated premises supervisor you will need a personal licence

Please read before applying
pdf icon Personal Licence Information [50KB]
Application forms
pdf icon Personal Licence Application [90KB] 
pdf icon Disclosure of Convictions [70KB] 
pdf icon Personal Licence Change of Name or Address [14KB] 
pdf icon Renew Personal Licence [85KB]

Premises licence - if you wish to carry out any of the above on a permanent basis, such as a business you need a premises licence

Please read before applying
pdf icon Premises Licence Information [50KB]
pdf icon Responsible authorities [56KB]
Application forms
pdf icon Premises Licence Application Form [117KB] 
pdf icon Application to Vary Premises Licence [586KB] 
pdf icon Application to Transfer Premises Licence [49KB] 

Premises Licence

if you wish to carry out any of the above on a permanent basis, such as a business you will need a premises licence 

Please read before applying

pdf icon Premises Licence Information [50KB]

pdf icon Responsible authorities [56KB]

Apply by post

pdf icon Premises Licence Application Form [117KB]

pdf icon Application to Vary Premises Licence [586KB]

pdf icon Application for copy of Licence [14KB]

pdf icon Application for Review of Premises Licence [108KB]

pdf icon Application to Transfer Premises Licence [49KB]

pdf icon Application to Vary DPS [33KB]

pdf icon Consent of person named as DPS [20KB]

pdf icon Consent of Premises Licence Holder to Transfer [20KB]

pdf icon Interim Authority Notice [48KB]

pdf icon Application for Provisional Statement [118KB]

pdf icon Make a Representation against a Premises Licence Application or Variation [86KB]

Apply online

Application for a Premises Licence

Application to Vary a Premises Licence

Application for a Minor Variation

Application to Transfer Premises Licence

Consent to Transfer Premises Licence

Application to Vary DPS

Consent to be DPS

Request to be Removed as DPS

Notification of Change of Name or Address

Interim Authority Notice

Notification of Interest in Premises Licence

Provisional Statement

Make an Annual Payment for a Premises Licence

Relevant information:

pdf icon Guidance on Making Representations and Premises Licence Reviews [76KB]

Club Premises Certificate

If you are a registered club and you wish to carry out  any of the above activities you will need a club premises certificate 

Please read before applying

Apply by post

Apply online



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