Alcohol, entertainment and food

The Licensing Act 2003

A premises license is required for the sale of alcohol, provision of regulated entertainment or provision of hot food & drinks between 11pm and 5am.

A club premises certificate is required for the supply of alcohol by clubs.

Forms for new licences/certificates can be downloaded below.

The Act

Premises Licences are issued in accordance with the Licensing Act 2003. Our licensing policy statement is included in the downloads section of this page.

If alcohol is to be sold or supplied at the premises, the Premises Licence must include the name of the designated premises supervisor, who must hold a Personal Licence.

What you need to know when you or someone else applies to licence a premises for alcohol, music, dancing or sports.

Your business needs a premises licence if you want to:

  • sell alcohol at any time
  • have entertainment after 11pm
  • sell food after 11pm

Businesses needing a premises licence include:

  • pubs and bars
  • cafĂ© bars
  • restaurants
  • takeaways (after 11pm)
  • night clubs
  • other clubs
  • theatres

Regulated Entertainment

Regulated entertainment is entertainment provided in the presence of an audience, for the purpose of entertaining that audience. For example:

  • the performance of a play
  • the showing of a film
  • an indoor sporting event
  • boxing or wrestling
  • a performance of live music
  • any playing of recorded music
  • a performance of dance
  • entertainment of a similar description (such as a circus).

It also includes the provision of entertainment facilities, that is facilities used for:

  • making music (for example, a karaoke machine)
  • dancing (for example, a dance floor)
  • entertainment of a similar description.

If you wish to hold an event for an activity which falls outside the scope of your licence, you will need to apply for a Temporary Event Notice

Advice on operating an online alcohol delivery service

Please see the advice in the download section of this page.

Current applications made under the Licensing Act 2003

Search here for all our current applications: New Premises Licences, Reviews of Premises Licenses and Variations to Premises Licences

How to make a representation objecting to or supporting an application

An information sheet, and a suggested form for making representations, is available in the download section of this page.

Representations must be made via email to Licensing@burnley.gov.uk on or prior to the last date for representations.

Complaints about licensed premises

You can submit a complaint about a licenced premise (including club premises certificates) if it relates to incidents that fall under any of the four licensing objectives:

  • Prevention of crime and disorder: This may include drunkenness, anti-social behaviour, drug use, spiking, sexual harassment, inappropriate behaviour, racial harassment, actions of door staff, illegal working and theft.
  • Public safety: This may include the physical safety of people using the venue, fire safety and first aid provisions.
  • Prevention of public nuisance: This may include the venue operating beyond its authorised hours, loud music/people, light pollution, noxious smells and litter.
  • Protection of children from harm: This may include moral, psychological and physical harm from alcohol, strong language or sexual exploitation, underage access/drinking.

How we handle complaints:

The nature of your complaint will determine how we handle it.

We may contact the premises licence holder to discuss the complaint and carry out a general compliance inspection. We will not pass on your personal details.

When we have concluded our investigation, we will tell you the outcome.

However, if we think the complaint is best dealt with by a more appropriate service, we would hand the complaint over for investigation. This would include sharing your information with:

  • Lancashire Police
  • Lancashire Fire and Rescue
  • Environmental Health
  • Safeguarding Board
  • Public Protection Enforcement Team

If you do not want us to share details of your complaint with another service, we may not be able to fully investigate the complaint.

How to submit a complaint

Submit your complaint by emailing licensing@burnley.gov.uk. You will need to tell us:

  • Your personal details (name, address, contact)
  • Incident details (time, date, what happened)
  • Premises details (name and address of licensed premise)
  • Consent to share your details, if the complaint does not fall under our remit.

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